Yes In My Backyard*
Join our community of urbanists, activists, and others working toward a growing, dynamic, and affordable Toronto.
Housing Matters is a community driven organization on a mission to help increase the stock of housing, primarily through land use rule reform, for the purpose of affordability. To learn more, please visit our FAQ.
Upcoming events
Thursday,
August 10th
Doors at 6:00PM
Conversation at 6:30PM
Brightlane, 545 King St. West
Free Entry
Join the Housing Matters community for a panel discussion featuring Ben Myers, SVP of Market Research and Analytics at Fortress Real Developments, and Jane Pepino, Partner at Aird & Berlis LLP. We will discuss how Toronto's slow and expensive building approval process discourages developers and contributes to rising housing prices.
Past Events
July 10th
Feat. Cheryll Case, BURPI, and Sean Galbraith, MCIP, RPP
Our July meet up featured urban planners Cheryll Case, BURPI, and Sean Galbraith, MCIP, RPP. We discussed how zoning policies have historically been used to exclude housing for lower income families and how this practice continues today.
June 12th
Feat. John Michael McGrath - TVO.org Digital Media Producer, Marcus Gee - Columnist for The Globe & Mail
Our June meet up featured Toronto Columnist for The Globe & Mail Marcus Gee and TVO.org Digital Media Producer John Michael McGrath. We discussed how young, city loving people throughout North America, and now in Toronto, are speaking out for denser and ultimately more affordable housing.
May 15th
Feat. James McKellar, Real Estate and Infrastructure Professor at York University
Our May meet up featured Professor James Mckellar of Real Estate and Infrastructure at York University and Director of the Brookfield Centre for Real Estate and Infrastructure. We discussed how Toronto's outdated low density bylaws insulate the wealthy and exclude the rest.
FAQ
Who are you?
Housing Matters is a grassroots YIMBY initiative and registered not-for-profit corporation that was founded in 2017 by Torontonians concerned with the increasing unaffordability of our city. We all share the common view that housing in Toronto could and should be more affordable than it is, and that materially increasing the supply of new housing to the market is the only sustainable way to keep prices in check in the long run.
What does YIMBY mean?
YIMBY is an acronym for Yes In My Backyard, a pro-development movement in contrast and opposition to the NIMBY phenomenon. It's a term used to describe individuals and groups throughout North America's big cities that advocate for more housing. To learn more, you can check out our recent piece in Torontoist.
Why the focus on supply?
We believe that various supply constraints -- namely those land use rules that enshrine the sanctity of the single-family detached home at the cost of other, denser forms of housing -- are largely responsible for the rapid housing price increases we've been experiencing in Toronto. We're simply not building enough new housing to accommodate the roughly 100,000 people that move here every year.

We don't think that increasing the stock of housing will solve all of our problems, but it is a vital and often overlooked first step.
How do I get involved?
To get involved, you can start by signing up for our newsletter and coming out to our monthly events. Those will keep up to speed on all our activities and new developments. You can also reach out directly via our Twitter account if you want to chat. Finally, you can support us on Patreon.
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