On Monday, January 23rd (2023), Bruce County’s Director of Human Services, Christine MacDonald, participated as a member of a concurrent panel on housing affordability and development at the 2023 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference in Toronto.
In the session, called “Attracting Housing Development to Rural Ontario”, Director MacDonald shared creative approaches to addressing the impacts of Ontario’s housing affordability and availability challenges and providing the full spectrum of housing options, particularly rental accommodations, for residents regardless of income or stage in life.
Director MacDonald highlighted the need for greater direct engagement by the municipal sector with the non-profit and private development sectors and explored approaches and tools to attract housing development, which is often a challenge for rural communities. Bruce County’s Affordable Housing Toolkit was showcased as a key strategy in the County’s Housing and Homelessness Plan.
Developers and builders are encouraged to explore Bruce County’s Affordable Housing Toolkit at: www.brucecounty.on.ca/AffordableHousingToolkit .