TORONTO — The new members of the Housing Supply Action Plan Implementation Team have been selected to evaluate progress and provide advice on tackling Ontario’s housing supply crisis.
The new members will join Drew Dilkens, the mayor of Windsor, and vice-chair Cheryl Fort, the mayor of Hornepayne.
They include Marlene Coffey, CEO of the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association; Simone Swail, senior manager, government relations with the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada; Adam Brown, founding partner of Sherman Brown; Jim Harnum, founder of Municipal VU Consulting Inc.; Tony Irwin, president and CEO of the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario; Richard Lyall, president of the Residential Construction Council of Ontario; and Paula Tenuta, senior vice-president, policy and advocacy with the Building Industry and Land Development Association.
The team will have its first meeting in the coming weeks.
“Ontario’s housing crisis has been years in the making and will require bold ideas and vision,” said Dilkens in a statement. “Legislation enacted by the government challenges stakeholders and municipalities to think outside the box to reduce costs that are ultimately passed on to homebuyers. The implementation team will continue this approach by embracing change and questioning the status quo. Ontario should be a place where everyone that aspires to homeownership is able to obtain it. As chair, I look forward to working with the experts and industry leaders appointed to complete the implementation team’s mandate.”
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