Ford’s Conservatives Secretly Increased Their Taxpayer-Funded Housing Allowance While Gutting Rent Control
In a decision hidden from the public for over three months, Doug Ford’s Conservatives voted to increase their Toronto housing allowance — while at the same gutting rent control protections for everyone else, a policy that made renting more affordable for Ontario families.
Documents obtained by The Canadian Press show that in October 2018 members of the secretive Board of the Internal Economy voted to raise housing allowances for MPPs by 20%, from $1,910 to $2,300.
One month later Ford’s Conservatives cancelled rent control for new rental housing. This change allows landlords to jack up rents. In one case, a landlord increased the monthly rent by $1,660. During the election Ford promised to keep rent control.
Social media users were outraged by the decision.
MPPs: Allow unlimited rent increases
Also MPPs: Give themselves more money to pay for rent
If only the rest of us could give ourselves a raise when rent prices go up.
— leadnow (@leadnowca) January 17, 2019
— 🇨🇦 John Furr 🍁 (@JohnFurrToronto) January 17, 2019
So let me get this straight – Doug Ford STRIPS free tuition to low-income families, while at the same his MPP & PC Party time vote themselves a pay raise to cover their housing? https://t.co/UzjEjT3eFI #onpoli #cdnpoli
— G.T. Lem (@gtlem) January 17, 2019
Early in his administration, Doug Ford cancelled a minimum wage increase. This wage freeze means that a minimum wage worker would earn just $2,240 per month working full time — less than MPPs will now have to rent their home in Toronto.
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