VAUGHAN, ONT. — Most major Toronto mayoralty candidates have confirmed they will be attending a debate on May 24 sponsored by the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) and industry partners.
The two-hour, in-person debate is scheduled to take place from noon until 2 p.m. and is being held at the George Brown College waterfront campus at 51 Dockside Dr.
Joe Cressy, former city councillor and senior vice-president at the college, will be moderator of the event.
Tickets are available through Eventbrite on the debate webpage. The Toronto media network has been invited to carry a live feed of the event.
The purpose of the debate is to provide a forum where issues regarding the housing supply and affordability crisis can be discussed by candidates, stated RESCON.
“The housing affordability and supply crisis is one of the most pressing issues facing the next mayor of the City of Toronto, so the debate promises to be one of the main events of the mayoralty campaign,” says RESCON president Richard Lyall in a statement. “With the city planning to meet or exceed the provincial target of building 285,000 homes over the next 10 years, housing is a critical issue. I am certain the public will want to hear how candidates intend to address the crisis we are facing.”
Other industry partners sponsoring the event are George Brown College, the Building Industry and Land Development Association, the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario, the Greater Toronto Sewer and Watermain Contractors Association, Habitat for Humanity GTA, More Neighbours Toronto, Options for Homes, St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society and the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board.