Greater Sudbury is a hub for education, healthcare, government, the mining industry and many small businesses. To ensure that our city is a welcoming place for all, we need a robust supply of housing to accommodate the evolving needs and life stages of families, groups and individuals.
Now is the time to address the spectrum of our community’s housing needs, from emergency shelter spaces to multi-unit buildings and single detached bungalows. Earlier this week, Council unanimously passed a motion directing City staff to develop a Housing Supply Strategy by the end of this year. The Strategy will include a summary of the City’s housing-related initiatives, a review of urban planning best practices that may be adopted locally, and recommendations on how Greater Sudbury can help the Province accomplish its goal of 1.5 million new homes over the next 10 years.
The Housing Supply Strategy will include policy options to promote a true mix of housing types across Greater Sudbury’s communities – including methods to increase and protect the number of affordable rental units. It will also guide a proactive approach to transitional housing options for individuals experiencing homelessness or precarious housing, one that connects these individuals with community and health services to meet their needs. I am hopeful that Greater Sudbury will have 100 new transitional housing units by the end of 2024.
Our community provides residents with a great quality of life, ample green space, recreation opportunities, and an active arts and culture scene. As more people discover the benefits of living, working and playing in Greater Sudbury, we must be ready to welcome them. A Housing Supply Strategy that encourages thoughtful, targeted and sustainable residential development is one step on our journey to growing our population and local economy.
Mayor Paul Lefebvre