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At AMO conference, Greens leader demands real housing solutions

August 22, 2023

LONDON — Ontario Greens leader and MPP for Guelph, Mike Schreiner, is calling for a fair deal for municipalities to equip them with the tools they need to build more homes in their communities.

Speaking at the annual conference of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), Schreiner demanded the Ford government take accountability for their $8.3 billion Greenbelt scandal and help municipalities reach housing targets by providing the financial tools they need to support and service home building.

“I’ve met with many municipal leaders committed to building more homes,” said Schreiner. “But we know that will not happen if the province takes away the financial tools you need to service those homes.

“That is why I’m calling on the government to repeal Bill 23. And to start working with you, instead of against you, to solve the housing crisis.”

Schreiner highlighted the bills he’s tabled that would get homes built more quickly by ending exclusionary zoning and increasing supply through gentle density. He also called on the Ford government to get back to building supportive and deeply affordable housing.

“Your residents and your downtown businesses shouldn’t pay the price for the province’s failures,” Schreiner told municipal leaders.

“Greens are committed to protecting Greenbelt lands and to being your partner in delivering real solutions to the housing crisis.”