Affordability & Choice Today
The Affordability and Choice Today (ACT) initiative was created in 1990 to help overcome planning and building regulatory barriers to the development of affordable housing by funding and promoting practical solutions at the local level.
ACT provided grants to local teams made up of municipalities, private and non-profit home builders and other housing stakeholders. These teams used the grants to promote or initiate regulatory reform in their communities, aimed at increasing housing affordability and offering housing options that meet the community´s needs. Eligible projects had to include a specific activity or product, such as a stakeholder consultation, survey, background research, workshop, open house or promotional material.
The initiative was funded by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and administered and delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) with the participation of the Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA), and the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA).
With 215 projects completed, ACT has a rich database of solutions that local partners can benefit from in their future housing projects.
This compendium contains a cross-section of project summaries of the most innovative ACT-funded solutions. It outlines the issues addressed, the changes implemented and the results. It is not intended to be an exhaustive review of all ACT-funded solutions. The objective, rather, is to highlight those projects which have the greatest potential to be widely replicated.
This guide offers municipal staff and officials strategies for gaining community acceptance of sound housing developments. The Guide highlights best practices in use by municipalities across Canada. Users will find practical tools for engaging their communities on housing options and gain support for housing developments.
You can download the customizable PowerPoint presentation below, complete with notes, to discuss the topic with your peers, elected officials and other stakeholders.