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Mayor Carolyn Parrish Launches Housing Task Force to Tackle Mississauga’s Housing Crisis

Mississauga, ON – In a decisive move to address the housing supply and affordability crisis, Mayor Carolyn Parrish, alongside Deputy Mayor Matt Mahoney, inaugurated the first meeting of the Mayor’s Housing Task Force today. This initiative, a key promise from Mayor Parrish’s recent election campaign, aims to streamline housing approval processes and find innovative solutions to the city’s housing challenges.

The task force includes a diverse range of representatives from both the private and not-for-profit sectors, as well as key city planning and building staff. This inclusive approach is designed to foster a collaborative environment where stakeholders can openly discuss obstacles, propose solutions, and explore partnerships to enhance housing delivery in Mississauga.

Key Objectives of the Mayor’s Housing Task Force:

  • Accelerate Housing Delivery: Develop effective strategies to deliver more housing units quickly.
  • Streamline Approval Processes: Identify opportunities to simplify and expedite development application and building permit approval processes.
  • Incentives for Affordability: Review and propose incentives to ensure homes are affordable for a broad spectrum of Mississauga families.

Mayor Parrish highlighted the urgency and significance of this initiative. “I’m pleased that we were able to convene the first meeting of my Housing Task Force just two weeks after I took office. It signals how seriously we take the housing crisis in this city. It’s time to do things differently. I want to give reputable developers and builders who are ready to deliver housing a candid forum to tell us what’s working, what we need to do more of, and what we can do better,” she stated.

Mayor Parrish with members of the Mayor’s Housing Task Force

The Mayor’s Housing Task Force is part of a broader effort outlined in Mississauga’s 2023 Housing Action Plan, which features five goals and 23 actions aimed at increasing the supply and affordability of homes across the city. The plan reflects the city’s commitment to addressing the housing needs of its growing population through innovative and effective strategies.

Background: Mississauga has been grappling with a housing crisis characterized by rising prices and limited supply, making it difficult for many residents to find affordable homes. The Mayor’s Housing Task Force seeks to tackle these issues head-on by engaging directly with industry stakeholders and leveraging their expertise to drive meaningful change.

Future Meetings: The task force will meet regularly to review progress, address emerging challenges, and refine strategies to ensure the city can meet its housing goals. The outcomes of these meetings will inform policy decisions and help shape the future of housing in Mississauga.

For more information on the Mayor’s Housing Task Force and the 2023 Housing Action Plan, visit the City of Mississauga’s official website.

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Kelly

Kelly Deschamps is the dedicated City Hall Reporter, bringing forth the pulse of municipal affairs with precision and clarity. With an astute eye for detail and a passion for uncovering the stories that shape urban life, Deschamps delivers comprehensive coverage of local governance. For inquiries or feedback, contact Kelly at kelly.deschamps@gtaweekly.ca

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