County, Provincial & Federal Partners

The Federal Government

I have discussed my plans for sustainable, accessible and affordable housing with Guelph's MP Lloyd Longfield many times. We have a great MP in Guelph who wants to help make long term change and invest in Guelph's growth. We rely on our Federal partners for funding infrastructure and working with groups like the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to lower development costs and build affordable homes.

The Ontario Government

Mike Schreiner and I have had numerous great conversations and agree on a lot of core growth ideas for Guelph. I have explained to him how various accessible homes are also better for the environment and that some of the people who rely on disability support from the province could recover if they had homes that didn't make them sick. I look forward to being able to work with him further on these initiatives once elected. I have already passed on concerns from residents at the door to Mike and his team and they have been great with following up. Just because it's not a municipal responsibility, does not mean that I can't find you the right person to talk to and help. That's why we need to have a good relationship with all levels of government.

If mold in housing was one of our health priorities as a province, many people who live in low income units would not develop disabilities that cost them their health and all of us taxes, on top of causing more burden on our already stressed healthcare system.

The County of Wellington

The County of Wellington handles low income housing in Guelph, The City of Guelph handles property standards and the fire department handles electrical hazards due to leaks. As one group cannot resolve all of these issues, I strongly support a collaboration. In my experience helping the residents of 141 Woolich living in Matrix non-profit housing a year and a half ago, it was a game of hot potato where groups were passing the buck back and forth on whose issue it was that the property was riddled with mold, had used needles in stairwells and an epic proportion of water leaks. Meanwhile, the people living on the property were getting sick from the conditions, which affected their ability to work, and those who were on ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) were developing even more disabilities. It wasn’t safe for adults or kids who lived there. When you have these multi-layered responsibilities, it is essential you work together to solve the problems. They affect all groups, they need to be solved by all teams together. We need to outline common scenarios and create action plans outlining who is responsible for resolving it so that people aren’t left in limbo while governments argue about jurisdiction.

From first hand experience a year and a half ago helping the residents of 141 Woolwich Street, I can attest the current system results in a game of hot potato, passing the buck back and forth on who needs to take responsibility to resolve the issue at hand. The building that the residents of a non-profit housing property lived in was riddled with mold, there were used needles in stairwells, and an epic proportion of water leaks. The people living on the property were getting sick from the conditions, which affected their ability to work, and those who were on ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) were developing even more disabilities. It wasn’t safe for adults or kids who lived there. There were a lot of pieces of the puzzle owned by Wellington County and a lot by the City of Guelph. Plus provincial issues and more than one municipal group. If we operate in silos, we create huge service lags and force things into the landlord and tenant board, which has a massive backlog. We need to work together.

The County of Wellington and City of Guelph desperately need to work collaboratively. We need to outline common scenarios and create action plans outlining who is responsible for resolving it so that people aren’t left in limbo while governments argue about jurisdiction.


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