As Toronto continues to wrestle with the challenges of housing affordability, the Affordable Housing Summit will provide a setting for proactive dialogue and innovation around the issue. Scheduled from Friday, May 24th to Sunday, 26th at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus, the Summit will host a comprehensive exploration of solutions with an array of speakers and panelists.

The Summit is hosted by Matrix Cares, organizers of community-driven projects and events, including the Toronto Business Summit, who offer a platform for networking and fundraising, as well as philanthropic efforts and educational initiatives.

The Affordable Housing Summit's primary agenda is to demystify Canada’s housing issues through a cross-sector collaborative approach, focusing on innovations like mass timber, construction robotics, and modular building techniques. With about 7,000 attendees expected, the event will feature a mix of discussions, exhibitions, and workshops designed to tackle all aspects of creating affordable housing. Alongside the Summit, the Supply Chain Expo and Skilled Trades Career Fair will run concurrently throughout the weekend.

UrbanToronto is proud to be a sponsor of the Summit, and will also host the "HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan" panel. Scheduled for 10:45 AM on the opening day, this session will see distinguished City of Toronto panellists who will provide strategic plans and actionable insights into Toronto's housing market.

The Action Plan is an initiative by the City of Toronto aimed at addressing the housing crisis through a decade-long strategy. This plan outlines the City’s commitment to create and sustain affordable housing, setting a bold target to approve and build 40,000 new affordable rental homes by 2030.

HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan cover page, image from City of Toronto

Additionally, the Summit will offer a range of sessions addressing various facets of affordable housing. Panels like “Balancing Landlord and Tenant Rights,” “The Off-site Modular Construction Road Map from Concept to Completion,” and “Green Horizons: Addressing the Housing Crisis through Sustainable Living” are set to provide critical insights into scalable and sustainable housing solutions. There will also be insights into affordable rental and home ownership, co-ownership and fractional housing, renewable and green energy, and more.

There will be a VIP Launch on Friday, May 24, at 5:30 PM, hosted at the Scarborough Golf and Country Club with a keynote by Mayor Olivia Chow. The weekend continues with the Supply Chain Expo on Saturday, where over 70 vendors will present innovative and sustainable housing products. The following day begins with the Affordable Housing Bus Tour at 7:30 AM, sponsored by the TTC, showcasing four key affordable housing sites in Scarborough. The Summit concludes with the Skilled Trades Career Fair on Sunday at noon, highlighting job opportunities from several local employers in the industry.

With the active involvement of UrbanToronto and the comprehensive schedule of events, the Summit is a must-attend for those vested in the future of housing in Toronto. Tickets can be purchased here.

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