Rooming House Working Group Meeting Notes
March 12, 2012, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Metro Hall Room 314
Sandra Vaughan Shelter, Support and Housing Administration,
Phil Nazar Toronto Christian Resource Centre, Community
Rosemary Foulds Shelter, Support and Housing Administration
Michael Boyle Tenant
Ken Kennedy Kennedy Residence
Ken Hale FMTA or Tenants Hotline
Hyacinth Sulph Lakeview Life Care Centre/Kauhelp Non-Profit
Thania Valle East York East Toronto Family Resources
Hanne Krogh Exchange Student EYET Family Resources
David Raponi-Monk John Howard Society
Mable Roberts Owner
Brian Forth Tenant
Glenn Sheridan Landlord's Self Help Centre
Joe Magalhaes Municipal Licensing and Standards
Donald Jones Affordable Housing Office
1. Welcome and Introductions
The Chair called the meeting to order at 2:05 p.m. Members were welcomed to the
meeting and there was a round of introductions. Two items were added to the agenda:
shared accommodation in Denmark and systemic barriers to private rooming houses.
2. Minutes of Last Meeting
The minutes of the last meeting were approved with two changes: Glenn Sheridan
represents the Landlords’ Self Help Centre (p. 1 Present) and the last line on page 2
refers to David Raponi-Monk.
3. Update on 543 Yonge Street
The rooming house at 543 Yonge Street has closed. All of the people who were living in
the building were assisted to find other housing. Housing workers at WoodGreen
Community Services, East York/East Toronto Family Resource Centre and West
Toronto Housing Help assisted the residents to find new housing. The residents were
represented by Neighbourhood Legal Services. One resident was in prison when the
rooming house closed and the John Howard Society will provide housing assistance
when he is released.
4. Update on 40 Oaks
Phil Nazar reported that tenants are moving in and CRC plans to offer its meal program
at 40 Oaks again starting on March 19. CRC is the landlord for the building. Community
agencies support some of the tenants who live in the building. Some of the tenants who
lived in Regent Park before the redevelopment are now living at 40 Oaks. There are no
vacancies in the building at the moment.
CRC has community program/office space and welcomes inquiries from community
agencies who are interested in becoming tenants.
CRC is continuing its work to support the community of Regent Park. CRC also has a
tenant services coordinator who is responsible for community development in the
building and through its programs.
5. RRAP plans/Ontario Renovates
Don Jones, the Manager of the RRAP program, was unable to attend the meeting, due to
a last minute meeting. Members are interested in learning more about Ontario
Renovates and have questions about the program, including where Rooming Houses fit
in with the overall program. Please clarify the eligibility of rooming houses for
renovations in the new program.
Don will be invited to attend the next meeting. If you have any specific question you
would like answered, please forward them to Sandra Vaughan at firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Human Rights Challenge to the Zoning By-Law
The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that it will proceed to a full hearing on
the case brought by the Dream Team. The Dream Team alleges human rights violations
in the zoning by-laws of four communities in Ontario: Toronto, Sarnia, Kitchener and
Smiths Falls. The case is concerned with distancing provisions and other restrictions
that limit the number of group homes in the four communities.
While waiting for the hearing, the City has an opportunity to revisit the issue of
distancing provisions in the zoning by-law. The City approved a consolidated zoning by-
law with a distancing provision of 250 metres in 2010. The City repealed the
consolidated zoning by-law in 2011 and is working on revisions before presenting it to
The Human Rights Commission has stated distancing provisions violate the human
rights code. See the article published on January 21, 2012 entitled Human rights
complaint says Toronto zoning restrictions discriminate against people with
The Human Rights Commission released In the Zone: Housing, human rights and
municipal planning – a guide to housing, human rights and zoning.
7. Accommodation in Denmark
Hanne Krogh offered to report on shared accommodation in Denmark at the next
8. System Barriers to Rooming Houses
The Rooming House Working Group reviewed the systemic barriers to rooming houses
(regulations, social and financial) and the need for affordable housing. Two current
initiatives, the Social Assistance Review www.socialassistancereview.ca and the Long
Term Affordable Housing Strategy www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page9181.aspx, provide
opportunities for Rooming House Working Group members to talk about rooming
houses, and their contribution to the affordable housing stock.
The meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.
10. Next Meeting: May 14, 2012 @ 2pm at Metro Hall