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February 08, 2019
Southwestern Ontario municipalities and partners gather to address housing crisis

Solutions to guide municipalities in offering the right range and mix of housing supply was the focus of a housing forum in February 


Solutions to guide municipalities in offering the right range and mix of housing supply was the focus of a housing forum in London, Ontario, this month. Housing Let’s Get Into It: Municipalities Building Solutions to the Housing Crisis,” held on February 7, brought together 200 guests representing municipal councillors, municipal senior staff, planners, housing providers, builders, economic development officers and health planners from across southwestern Ontario to hear expert speakers and collaborate on a solutions “toolbox” for their communities.

With a focus on small urban and ruralcommunities, the day featured opening remarks by MPP Christine Hogarth, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and a keynote address by Jennifer Keesmaat of The Keesmaat Group and Former Chief Planner for the City of Toronto.

Speaker presentations also include Ryan Berlin, Urban Futures, speaking on demographics, economics and housing in southwestern Ontario; Graham Cubitt of Indwell, who will highlight recent affordable housing projects that are built to Passive House standard, an approach that offers comfort and affordability while reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions; and Lana Sim from Toyota Boshoku Canada, who will share the perspective of employers seeking to recruit in an environment with a housing shortage.

For the full agenda, speaker bios, presentations and more, visit www.oxfordcounty.ca/housingforum. See event posts on Twitter at #swohousingforum

Housing Let’s Get Into It: Municipalities Building Solutions to the Housing Crisis is hosted by Oxford County, Elgin County, the City of St. Thomas, and Southwestern Public Health, with funding support from the Local Employment Planning Council, Oxford Workforce Development Partnership, and CMHC (Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation).