Regional Council approved a $25 fee for residents requesting garbage or recycling cart exchanges when cart-based collection begins in January 2016. Regional Council also approved the waiving of the cart exchange fee for requests received between April 1, 2016 and April 30, 2016 to enable residents to change their cart size at no charge.
Staff will be implementing a cart exchange process in which residents who would like to exchange their cart will request and pay for the exchange through the Region's website or by telephone through the Customer Contact Centre. Carts will be delivered directly to the residents' homes. Residents will receive information packages with their carts that will include information on the cart exchange process. Cart exchange requests will not be accepted prior to April 1, 2016.
Regional Council received the Annual Report providing an overview of the housing systems in the Region of Peel. Having access to suitable and affordable housing is central to people's health and well-being, and increasing appropriate housing options has been identified as a high priority by Regional Council.
Regional Council has made strides in recent years to support creative solutions and initiatives that meet the wide-ranging needs of Peel residents. As a result of continued regional and provincial investment, there are fewer households waiting for housing subsidy in Peel. The housing needs of our community are diverse and complex and continue to evolve, as Peel is expected to grow by 20,000 people per year until 2041 (based on provincial forecasts).
Access to stable jobs and housing options will be important to meet the needs of the community and to ensure growth is sustainable. Developing housing with supports for vulnerable populations and supporting a range of home care and community services will be a priority to support our growing population.
Peel's Housing and Homelessness Plan: Year One – 2014 Update
Regional Council received an update on Peel's Housing and Homelessness Plan. In November 2013, Regional Council approved Peel's Housing and Homelessness Plan (PHHP) which sets a strategic vision for the housing system over the next 10 years. The Plan was developed to align with the principles of putting people first, partnerships, inclusivity, fiscal responsibility, and locally driven to meet local needs.
The report showcases progress made to date in the areas of housing stock, individual and family capacity and integrated systems. The next phase of the planning, to be completed in 2018, will utilize smaller working groups to focus on each of the individual areas listed above. Phase II of the Plan also calls for increased community engagement. Future engagement of the community will be a key factor in our shared success in achieving the goal that "Everyone has a home and homelessness is eliminated".