Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Addressing homelessness

Each night, 12,000 Ontarians experience homelessness across the province. At the same time, several shelter systems, including Toronto, are overcrowded and inadequate.

Earlier this month, RNAO sent a letter to Mayor John Tory and members of the Toronto City Council, urging the city to declare an emergency for the shelter system, open 1,000 new shelter beds and open emergency shelters at the Fort York and Moss Park armouries.

However, on Dec. 6, Toronto city council only approved funding to add 400 more shelter beds to the city’s shelter system despite advocacy from RNAO members and a statement by federal MP for Spadina-Fort York and former Toronto city councilor Adam Vaughan confirming that the federal armouries could be made available, if requested by the city.

RNAO will continue to work with members on this critical issue and is encouraging members to sign our action alert, calling on Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Housing Peter Milczyn to invest one per cent of Ontario’s annual budget ($1.4 billion in 2017) every year to address the affordable housing crisis.

An investment is essential to create new affordable housing stock, address the backlog of repairs to existing affordable housing units and help address homelessness.

Please stay tuned for updates and opportunities for action.

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