City of Toronto announce partners for Housing Now Indigenous-led site for Indigenous seniors

The City of Toronto announced the Missanabie Cree First Nation and EllisDon Community Builders as the development partner for the first Housing Now Indigenous-led site for Indigenous seniors.

“The City is committed to supporting Indigenous communities and organizations in Toronto. I am proud to see this partnership between the Missanabie Cree First Nation and EllisDon that will create new affordable rental housing for Indigenous Peoples in Toronto,” says Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão (Davenport), Chair of the Planning and Housing Committee.

The site at 140 Merton St. will be dedicated to providing 184 new rental homes options for Indigenous elders and other seniors. Of the 184 homes, approximately 50 per cent will be affordable. Rents for the affordable homes will average 77 per cent Average Market Rent (AMR), with 15 per cent of these homes set aside as deeply affordable (40 per cent AMR). The building will also include ceremonial space, a smudging room and indoor and outdoor amenities for residents.

“Supporting Indigenous-led housing projects is an important part of the affordable housing strategy in the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan. We will continue to advance our commitment to reconciliation and moving forward together with Indigenous communities. I am committed to making way for more Indigenous-focused housing projects as quickly as possible as part of our overall efforts working with the other governments and our community partners to get more housing built,” says Mayor John Tory.

The site is currently home to SPRINT Senior Care, a community agency that provides services to midtown Toronto seniors ageing in place. SPRINT will be temporarily relocated next door and will return to 140 Merton St. once construction is completed.

The City will also be providing an additional community space as part of the redevelopment for the future tenants of 140 Merton St. and the senior community in midtown Toronto. The operator of this community space will be determined through a competitive call for proposals process, led by the City.

Missanabie Cree First Nation is active in community building and reconciliation by leading and contributing (including financially) to initiatives in health, elder care, affordable housing, economic development, relationship-building, culture and intercultural dialogue.

“Providing a safe, respectful and holistic environment for our Nation’s members is a foundational part of who we are as Missanabie Cree First Nation. We are delighted to be working with the City of Toronto and EllisDon Community Builders on critical affordable housing and social infrastructure initiatives for our members and the community-at-large and appreciate their efforts and commitment in helping us deliver on this value. These projects are generational and will work to house not just our present communities, but also to build towards a sustainable, inclusive future for us all,” says Chief Jason Gauthier, Missanabie Cree First Nation.

Construction at 140 Merton St. is slated to begin in November of 2023 with occupancy to begin in January 2026.

More information is available on the City’s HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan webpage.

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