Not strictly Toronto related, but the Ontario government is running a survey on how to increase housing affordability across the province: https://www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-housing-affordability
I'm not sure I've high hopes here (part of me thinks that they'll take the simplest approach and simply force municipalities to open up more whitebelt for development) but, it's important to try make one's voice heard and advocate for more density and walkable neighbourhoods across the province.
Please fill the survey out! It's only open till Jan 13!
I suggested the following:
a) As-of-right for anything up to a 4-plex anywhere residential is otherwise permitted.
b) As-of-right purpose-built-rental anywhere residential is permitted.
c) As-of-right for 4-storeys on all arterial roads, in major urban centres, where residential is otherwise permitted.
d) Abolish parking minimums province-wide
e) Reduce the number of foreign students in Ontario to historically normative levels ( - 20,000) over 4 years, to free up 10,000-20,000 units of housing stock; and increase college/university funding accordingly.
Offer colleges/unis the right to maintain higher foreign enrollment IF, they construct sufficient housing for all enrollees, and fully recover the cost through said student's fees.
f) Consider loan guarantees for all purpose-built rental projects, which reduce their debt-servicing costs, in exchange for a set number of units being offered at below market rents.
g) Consider limiting the practice of bulk-buying condo units pre-construction by capping the number any one person/company may purchase.