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Ontario cities move forward with Housing Accelerator Fund plans [Video]

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Flush with cash from Ottawa’s Housing Accelerator Fund (HAF), cities like London and Guelph are moving ahead with new plans to build more and varied homes while Windsor continues its own efforts to address the housing affordability crisis without.

On Jan. 31, federal housing minister, Sean Fraser, officially denied the “made-in-Windsor” compromise spearheaded by Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. It pitched multi-unit builds across 50 kilometres of arterial roads, four units by right along major transit routes, and a commitment to an additional 2,135 residential units over and above its anticipated development over the next three years.

“Only the most ambitious communities will receive funding,” wrote Fraser in his letter denying the application, which highlighted London — the first city to receive HAF money in Sept. 2023 — as an example of a council making the ambitious changes needed.

In his own responding letter, Dilkens called it a “disappointing message” as the city pursues its major initiatives …

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