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Toronto Community Housing to get hundreds of millions in repairs

A mayor's task force is expected to release an interim report this morning about the huge backlog of repairs for Toronto Community Housing buildings.

Senator Art Eggleton tasked by Mayor John Tory to find solutions to $1.7B repair backlog

Toronto Mayor John Tory attends a public meeting about the future of Toronto Community Housing in May. A mayor's task force released an interim report this morning about the huge backlog of repairs. (CBC)

The City of Toronto has freed up hundreds of millions of dollars to take a bite out of the huge repair backlog facing Toronto Community Housing.

CBC's Jamie Strashin reported Wednesday that new city money from renegotiating mortgage rates on TCH buildings will mean $171 million in funds this year and $200 million next year.

There's still a major funding shortfall, as the backlog totals $1.7 billion over the next decade. 

More than 50,000 people live in the housing provider's 2,200 buildings.

Mayor John Tory has asked Senator Art Eggleton, a former Toronto mayor, to head up the six-person panel that is looking into the $1.7-billion repairs backlog as well as improvements to services and safety.

The task force's interim report, released Wednesday, makes seven recommendations:

  • Secure additional funding to move forward on the 10-year capital repair program.
  • Create an action plan to increase safety and security.
  • Create an action plan to improve building conditions.
  • Create an action plan to provide more jobs and opportunities for residents.
  • Create an action plan for more effective training for TCH staff and contractors.
  • Work with residents to create a 'resident charter' and review the tenant engagement system.
  • Hire a chief operating officer.

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