Muskoka Housing Task Force

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Housing is a basic need for everyone.

In March 2019, Muskoka District Council endorsed the recommendation for the creation of a grass-roots, diverse and action-oriented “task force” to identify and promote strategies and opportunities for a range of housing options across Muskoka.



The Muskoka Housing Task Force was born and is made up of community members, stakeholders, members of Muskoka District Council, and municipal staff. Membership is open to all stakeholders and community members with an interest in housing and will be fluid over time as Task Force projects and priorities evolve. Membership requires a commitment to attend quarterly meetings as well as to participate in task force projects and working groups. If you are interested in becoming a member, register now at the following link: Muskoka Housing Task Force Registration


With a focus on attainable housing, the Task Force mandate focuses on four areas:

  • Research and Evaluation: Deepen members’ knowledge and understanding of the existing attainable housing supply and demand in Muskoka, planning and financial tools to support the maintenance of attainable housing, as well as policies and programs to encourage attainable housing development in Muskoka;
  • Information Sharing and Outreach: Engage Community and Planning Services Committee, Muskoka District Council, Area Municipal Councils and the wider public in discussion on matters related to attainable housing in Muskoka as community champions and advocates for housing-related issues;
  • Foster Collaboration: identify opportunities that support the development and maintenance of attainable housing through collaboration with the federal and provincial governments, The District Municipality of Muskoka, Area Municipalities, Muskoka residents, financial and housing development partners, as well as other businesses, agencies and institutions with an interest in the housing needs of Muskoka residents; and,
  • Implementation and Demonstration: Undertake, facilitate, or support activities and projects that support the creation or maintenance of attainable housing in Muskoka, including seeking funding sources and participating directly in the delivery of policies, projects or programs that result in increasing housing supply or reducing barriers.

Through this page, the Task Force will share housing resources and information, including what Muskoka is doing to achieve our goal of housing for everyone, and what you can do to help.

Subscribe to receive project updates via email by entering your email address in the 'Follow Project' tool on this page (just look for the big blue megaphone on the upper right-hand corner of your desktop computer or scroll down on your mobile device).

Housing is a basic need for everyone.

In March 2019, Muskoka District Council endorsed the recommendation for the creation of a grass-roots, diverse and action-oriented “task force” to identify and promote strategies and opportunities for a range of housing options across Muskoka.



The Muskoka Housing Task Force was born and is made up of community members, stakeholders, members of Muskoka District Council, and municipal staff. Membership is open to all stakeholders and community members with an interest in housing and will be fluid over time as Task Force projects and priorities evolve. Membership requires a commitment to attend quarterly meetings as well as to participate in task force projects and working groups. If you are interested in becoming a member, register now at the following link: Muskoka Housing Task Force Registration


With a focus on attainable housing, the Task Force mandate focuses on four areas:

  • Research and Evaluation: Deepen members’ knowledge and understanding of the existing attainable housing supply and demand in Muskoka, planning and financial tools to support the maintenance of attainable housing, as well as policies and programs to encourage attainable housing development in Muskoka;
  • Information Sharing and Outreach: Engage Community and Planning Services Committee, Muskoka District Council, Area Municipal Councils and the wider public in discussion on matters related to attainable housing in Muskoka as community champions and advocates for housing-related issues;
  • Foster Collaboration: identify opportunities that support the development and maintenance of attainable housing through collaboration with the federal and provincial governments, The District Municipality of Muskoka, Area Municipalities, Muskoka residents, financial and housing development partners, as well as other businesses, agencies and institutions with an interest in the housing needs of Muskoka residents; and,
  • Implementation and Demonstration: Undertake, facilitate, or support activities and projects that support the creation or maintenance of attainable housing in Muskoka, including seeking funding sources and participating directly in the delivery of policies, projects or programs that result in increasing housing supply or reducing barriers.

Through this page, the Task Force will share housing resources and information, including what Muskoka is doing to achieve our goal of housing for everyone, and what you can do to help.

Subscribe to receive project updates via email by entering your email address in the 'Follow Project' tool on this page (just look for the big blue megaphone on the upper right-hand corner of your desktop computer or scroll down on your mobile device).

  • The District Municipality of Muskoka is looking for partnership opportunities for the Rapid Housing Initiative made available through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

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    30 Nov 2020
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    The Government of Canada, through CMHC, has launched the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI). The RHI is a $1 billion program to help address the urgent housing needs of vulnerable Canadians, especially in the context of COVID-19, through the rapid construction of affordable housing.

    The District would like to submit an eligible RHI project proposal to CMHC and is interested in partnering with an applicant who meets one or more of the following criteria:

    • is a modular builder that can meet a rapid production timeline; or
    • owns land on municipal services that is (currently) zoned multi-residential and may be interested in selling the property; or
    • owns and may be interested in selling a building or structure that can be converted to a multi-residential project (i.e. commercial conversion to residential or uninhabitable residential property brought to property standards); or
    • owns a motel or hotel and may be interested in selling the property; or
    • has a shovel ready, multi-residential, modular development planned or in progress and may be interested in selling.

    If you meet any of the above criteria and would like to seek a potential partnership opportunity with the District, our team would like to connect with you! Please send us an email briefly outlining your interest and qualifications by 4:00 pm on Friday, December 4th, 2020.

    Email Contact: Danielle Morgan, Manager, Housing Development
    danielle.morgan@muskoka.on.ca

    For further details and program requirements regarding the RHI please visit the District’s website at: www.muskoka.on.ca/affordablehousing

  • Welcome to the Muskoka Housing Task Force News Feed!

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    23 Nov 2020
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    Welcome to the Muskoka Housing Task Force News Feed!

    We are excited to launch this newsfeed to share information, stats and facts related to the housing landscape across Muskoka and the work being completed by the Muskoka Housing Task Force. We will also use this feed to help establish connections across our communities and work to create more opportunities for attainable housing throughout Muskoka. We want to keep you informed of what Muskoka is doing to ensure housing for everyone.

    You can stay informed of Task Force updates by subscribing to this page (look for the big megaphone on the upper right-hand corner of your screen or scroll down on a mobile device).

    Thank you for following along and connecting with us as we navigate opportunities to help increase housing for everyone in Muskoka.