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For Immediate Release:
March 30, 2017

Local Leaders are Coming Together to Address Peelís Affordable Housing Challenges at the Peel Housing and Homelessness Summit - April 4, 2017

BRAMPTON, ON (March 30, 2017) - On April 4, 2017, leaders from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors will come together as "One United Voice for Peel" to share ideas about solving Peel's urgent affordable housing issues. 

As Peel's Housing Service Manager, the Region of Peel is hosting the Summit to help continue to implement Peel's 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan. The goal of the plan is that everyone has a home and homelessness is eliminated.

More than 200 registered participants will:

  • learn about innovative approaches like Housing First to help break the cycle of homelessness;
  • hear about creative strategies and new tools for affordable housing development; and
  • gain knowledge on how to better integrate services to improve outcomes for clients.

"The Peel Housing and Homelessness Summit is bringing together decision makers and influential organizations to collaborate, address critical challenges and encourage innovative solutions to increase affordable housing in the Region," said Janice Sheehy, the Region of Peel's Commissioner of Human Services.

Summit Features

  • Key note speaker: Avi Friedman, "Thinking Outside the Box on Affordable Housing"
  • Panel Discussion: Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey, Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie
  • A variety of informative concurrent sessions
  • Exhibitor showcase to highlight various housing and homelessness related initiatives


Pearson Convention Centre, 2638 Steeles Ave. E., Brampton, ON
There is no charge to attend this event, but registration is required.

Visit the Region of Peel for more information and registration.
Follow us on Twitter at: regionofpeel

Peel Housing Facts

Almost one in five (17%) families and individuals live in poverty in Peel. That is why increasing affordable housing is a priority in the Region of Peel's new Strategic Plan (2015-2035).

Labour Market and Employment

  • Peel's 2016 unemployment rate was 7.3% (higher than Ontario at 6.5%)
  • 14.3% of youth (15-24 years old) in Peel are unemployed (quarterly average October - December 2016)
  • Precarious employment has become an increasing concern in recent years


  • 12,580 households were on Peel's centralized waiting list for subsidized housing (July 2016)
  • Average wait time: 6.42 years
  • The vacancy rate across all unit types fell to 1.4% by end of December 2016

Emergency Shelters

  • 14,861 people used emergency homeless shelters in 2016
  • Occupancy rates at the Region's shelters have increased annually since 2013

Population Pressures

  • Peel continues to grow by almost 20,000 new residents each year
  • Seniors made up 10% of population in 2011; projected to comprise 19% by 2031
  • Increasing diverse and aging population creates increasing service demands

Media Contacts:

Neha Maria
Communication Coordinator
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 8061

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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