Dear Minister Cho,
On behalf of our Board and members, we urge the government to renew funding for Ontario Renovates and make the Seniors’ Home Safety Tax Credit permanent beyond the 2022 tax season. Necessary home modifications funded through these two programs help make homes safer and more accessible and can support older homeowners and renters to stay in their homes longer.
Evidence shows that enabling older adults to live in their own homes and community as long as possible is more cost-effective for governments and better for the health and quality of life of older adults and their families. An additional benefit is that when the housing needs for older adults are met, they are in a better position to give back to their communities.
Establishing long-term sustainable ways to help older homeowners and renters maintain affordable, accessible, and appropriate housing is vital. In addition, ongoing funding for Ontario’s home modification programs is fully consistent with your government’s calls for measures to support aging in place and in the community. We urge you to renew funding for these programs and make the Seniors’ Home Safety Tax Credit permanent.
President, Board of Directors
CC: Hon. Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance
Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Hon. Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care
Hon. Sylvia Jones, Minister of Health
Stephen Blais, MPP Orléans
Lucille Collard, MPP Ottawa-Vanier
John Fraser, MPP Ottawa South
Merrilee Fullerton, MPP Kanata-Carleton
Goldie Ghamari, MPP Carleton
Joel Harden, MPP Ottawa Centre
Lisa MacLeod, MPP Nepean
Chandra Pasma, MPP Ottawa-West – Nepean