June 21, 2019
Housing panel on "The Agenda with Steve Paikin"
Oxford County welcomes discussion about the housing crisis, seeks clarification regarding mention
Oxford County welcomes discussion about the housing crisis on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, airing June 18, 2019 (“The right way to build more homes”).
Oxford County Council is committed to leadership in addressing this issue by:
- furthering the discussion, as we did through the municipal housing forum we hosted on February 7;
- developing a practical tool kit for municipalities out of that discussion; and
- beginning work on our own strategy to find housing solutions for middle-income families, which will include working closely with local employers.
As a point of clarification regarding mention of Oxford County (22:18 min remaining mark), Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada did not take part in the municipal housing forum and has not made any statements of which we are aware about how housing affects its plans for the future. A Toyota Boshoku representative did speak at that forum about the recruiting challenges employers face when there is a lack of available housing. This statement is corroborated by other local employers and our local employment and workforce planning partners, which have indicated that as many as 2,000 jobs are typically available across Oxford County. Although housing availability is not a challenge that is unique to our community, it is one that Oxford’s partners all recognize and are working to address.
Identifying the problem is the first step towards resolving it: again, we welcome public awareness of this key issue. In Oxford, we appreciate the strong partnerships we have with our local housing stakeholders-- especially employers-- with whom we are taking a determined and innovative approach, one that is underpinned by a renewed focus on housing; our ongoing zero poverty and community wellbeing work; and a strong economic prosperity strategy.