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The Declining Quality of Toronto’s Private Rental Towers and the Impending Risks to Low-Income Families

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posted on 2023-05-29, 15:56 authored by Nena Meftuh

The overall objective of this Major Research Paper (MRP) is to add to the existing body of literature on the deteriorating quality of Toronto's inner suburban private rental towers and the imminent health and social well-being challenges facing low-income families. The paper begins with a review of existing literature on high-rise rental housing, neighbourhood decline and spatial income polarization in Toronto. A particular focus of this paper is on the challenges that low-income families face in the rental housing market by drawing on data from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the Statistic Canada Census, and the National Household Survey (NHS) and ACORN Toronto tenant survey data. This paper aims to examine the current quality of private rental tower stock in Toronto; how housing conditions are linked to the increasing concentration and racialization of poverty; and how effective the City of Toronto Tower Renewal Program is in addressing these challenges. This MRP examines the structural factors that drive today's socio-economic disparities and the challenges of high-rise rental towers in Toronto. The findings provide an opportunity to understand how a bottom-up and innovative strategy that engages the urban environment can contribute to making significant progress on the conditions of declining metropolitan areas. Based on this analysis, this research paper provides a new framework for thinking about city building in the inner suburbs of Toronto and provides insights into the creation of equitable, long-term and effective policy changes. 

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Language

English

Degree

  • Master of Arts

Program

  • Public Policy and Administration

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type

  • MRP

Thesis Advisor

Dr. Duncan MacLellan

Year

2020

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