On August 25, ONPHA attended an invitation-only round-table with Ontario Minister of Housing, Chris Ballard. The Minister was interested in hearing our thoughts on how Ontario should respond to the National Housing Strategy (NHS). See what ONPHA had to say.
For smaller housing providers, it’s essential to keep health and safety processes simple. Read on for tips and strategies on meeting your health and safety obligations in a responsible but manageable way.
Non-profit housing providers are often the first people to spot a vulnerable tenant who may need help. But how can you ensure you’re connecting tenants to the right support while maintaining and respecting their privacy?
The school buses are back on the roads and the air is getting cooler. That can only mean one thing for non-profit housing providers – it’s time to start thinking about fall and winter maintenance!
My tenant had her mother move in to her unit. The mother was not listed as a permitted occupant, but her income was reported. On their last annual RGI review, the mother was listed as the only tenant, and the review did not include the daughter’s info. I believe they intend for the mother to take over the lease. What do I do?
We’re pleased to welcome Margie Carlson as ONPHA’s new Deputy Executive Director. Margie is no stranger to the housing sector, with more than 25 years of experience with CMHC, the former Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Housing Services Corporation and the City of Toronto.
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New programming streams, new session formats, new networking opportunities. In 2016, ONPHA has reimagined our annual Conference and Trade Show. Here’s a tatse of what you can expect at this year’s Conference.
This story was shared by ONPHA member Options Bytown. Read on to learn how one of their tenants overcame significant challenges in a supportive housing environment.
Winter is just around the corner. To help assist with your winter’s energy challenges Enbridge Gas is offering assisted and social housing providers free, easy-to-install measures proven to save energy and dollars.
In First National’s work with affordable housing providers, one request comes up frequently. Managers and owners want to know what others are doing, how they’re doing it, what’s working and what success looks like. First National’s Daniel Bragagnolo shares one success story.
Starting in September 2016, people receiving social assistance will transition to using their Ontario Health Card instead of their paper drug card to access their drug coverage through the Ontario Drug Benefit program. Find out what it means for housing providers.
Health Canada estimates that seven per cent of Canadians are exposed to more than the prescribed allowable exposure level for radon gas in their homes. Senior Technical Advisor Bruce Decker outlines what non-profit housing providers need to know about radon gas — and how to test for and mitigate it.
Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act, received royal assent on March 8, 2016. As a part of this bill, new provisions to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 will come into effect on September 8, 2016. Find out what this means for housing providers.
Strategic planning 101: Experts from the Region of Waterloo and Ottawa Community Housing share their tips and tricks
Increasingly, organizations of all sizes are creating their own strategic plans to guide their operations and development. So how does one go about beginning the strategic plan process?
ONPHA’s annual Waiting Lists Survey Report was released on May 25, revealing that 171,360 households are waiting for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) housing in Ontario.
The housing sector is changing – and whatever shape it takes today and in the future, housing providers may always see yesterday as “the good old days.” But what does the new era mean for housing providers?
You’ve probably noticed that ONPHA has a fresh, new look. Our revitalized brand is dynamic and vibrant – it’s also more than just a new logo!
The housing and health needs of Indigenous communities both on and off-reserve have gained more traction as political priorities, creating opportunities for Ontario’s social housing providers.
See what you can look forward to at the 2016 ONPHA Conference and Trade Show – the largest social housing conference in Canada!
I have a tenant who came in as a special priority applicant. She has recently moved a man in with her and the neighbours have been complaining about the sound of fighting coming from the unit. Can I terminate the tenant’s RGI for moving her abuser in? How do I get him to leave?