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Ward 22 has the highest percentage of tenants in Toronto. I am committed to working closely with tenants and the provincial government to restore real rent control to curb spiralling apartment rates.


I also understand that the relationship between a tenant and a landlord can often be difficult and confusing. If you rent an apartment or house you have special rights and responsibilities that are governed by City of Toronto by-laws and provincial legislation. Tenants have the right to live in a clean, well-maintained building and not be subjected to rent increases above the provincially mandated increase without reasonable justification, or eviction without a fair hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

The following contact information is for various organizations and agencies that are able to assist you with information, advice and support if you encounter any issues related to your tenancy. As always, please feel free to contact my office for help with any issue related to your
apartment or rental agreement.


City of Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards: 311 (

Federation of Metro Toronto Tenants’ Associations: (416) 921-9494

Ontario Tenants Rights

Housing Connections (TCHC): (416) 981-6111

Toronto Rent Bank: (416) 924-2543

Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board: (416) 645-8080

My letter regarding the pool closure at 45 Dunfield Avenue

Eugene Hankin

Property Manager

45 Dunfield Avenue

Toronto, Ontario

M4S 2H4



July 4, 2012



Dear Mr. Hankin,


My office has received numerous phone calls regarding the pool closure in your building at 45 Dunfield Ave. I understand that the reason behind this closure is a result of a fire in the change room and that it is not planned to open again until mid-August.


Please let me, and your building's residents, know what steps you are taking to reopen the pool.


As the hottest days of summer approach, the residents' need for their pool will only increase. I ask that you do what you can to open the pool as soon as possible.





Josh Matlow

Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22-St.Paul's


Councillor Matlow's Tenants' Town Hall Update


Dear residents,


Thank you to everyone who attended my Tenants' Town Hall. I hosted this community meeting to inform you of your rights and to discuss with you what action is needed to protect them. It was a pleasure seeing so many tenants actively engaged in our community.


Many of you have asked that information from the meeting be available online. Click here for a copy of my handout listing important resources. Click here for a copy of keynote speaker Kenn Hale's speech. To see photos of the event, please click here.


I would also like to thank the insightful speaker and panelists:



Please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the services listed above regarding any relevant issues you may be having.







What is the Tenant Defence Fund?
Tenant Defence Fund is a program established by the City of Toronto that helps tenants preserve affordable rental housing. The Fund supports a Tenant Support Grant Program and a Tenant Outreach and Organizing Program.

  • The Tenant Support Grant Program provides direct grants to tenant groups wishing to challenge their landlord's application for a rent increase above the guideline (AGI) demolition of their buildings, conversion of their buildings to condominiums and other applications determined on a case-by-case basis. The grants cover the costs of hiring legal or technical professionals to help tenant groups prepare for the challenge and represent them at the legal proceedings.
  • The Outreach and Organizing Program helps tenant groups to organize and prepare for hearings at the Landlord and Tenant Board for rent increase disputes, or at the Ontario Municipal Board for demolitions and condo conversion matters. The Outreach and Organizing Program helps tenants with other matters as needed. The Federation of Metro Tenants Associations (FMTA) is contracted by the City of Toronto to provide the outreach and organizing services.



Toronto Star: Politics holding up $481M for affordable housing

Political posturing between Ottawa and Queen’s Park is holding up $481 million in federal-provincial funds to help the homeless and other Ontarians struggling to pay for housing, the Star has learned.


The bilateral agreement, signed earlier this summer, is part of a larger federal framework announced in July which sets out how Ottawa and the provinces will spend $1.4 billion on affordable housing over the next three years.


But until the agreement between Ottawa and Queen’s Park is formally announced, none of the money earmarked for Ontario can be spent. It means all new construction, rent supplements, renovations and affordable home ownership programs in the province are on hold.

Read more: Toronto Star: Politics holding up $481M for affordable housing


Auditor General's report on Toronto Community Housing

Dear residents,

You may of heard about the City of Toronto's Auditor General's report on employee expense spending and a dearth of financial oversight at the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) - an arms length corporation of the City.

I'm sending you the following articles, along with the reports attached below, for your information.

I am very upset and deeply concerned about we've learned and, as your city councillor, a new member of the City's Audit Committee and as a Toronto resident, am holding the TCHC to account for its actions. Community housing is too important to over 160, 000 Torontonians to either fall into disrepute or to have tax dollars be spent so thoughtlessly.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel welcome to contact me at 416-392-7906 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




Read more: Auditor General's report on Toronto Community Housing


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