Council Update: March 2017

Scarborough subway extension    

Council was again debated the Scarborough Subway Extension. I was very disappointed that the majority of Council members continued to support moving forward with the one stop subway. Even basic votes such as looking at the business case for the extension were voted down by the Mayor and Council. Council approved the McCowan alignment for the extension of the Bloor-Danforth subway (Line 2) from Kennedy Station to Scarborough Centre. Council also endorsed a concept for a 34-bay bus terminal at the Scarborough Centre station.

Standards for apartment buildings

A new apartment by-law was also passed, applicable to Apartment Buildings that are rental properties with three or more storeys and ten or more dwelling units available for rent. Apartment building owners will be required to pay an annual registration fee and submit information about compliance with property standards. The resulting apartment bylaw, effective July 1, will apply to rental buildings three or more storeys tall and having 10 or more dwelling units available for rent..

Federal investment in affordable housing      
I'm also happy to share Council supported a motion for the City to ask the Canadian government to implement the commitments to housing funding made in the 2017 federal budget and to establish a housing funding allocation model for investing funds based on housing need. Council agreed to ask the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development to release the government's proposed national housing strategy.