Regent Park is the largest public housing project in Canada, home to 7,500 subsidized residents. The average income in Regent Park is below $20,000 and twenty percent of families report no income at all.
In 2003, Toronto Community Housing Corporation announced plans to revitalize Regent Park. After 50 years the 59-acre complex is showing signs of age: in many places the apartments and houses are crumbling, and living conditions are unsuitable. The redevelopment underway will cost $1 billion and take fifteen years. When it is finished, Regent Park will no longer be an isolated area of downtown; it will be a vital, vibrant and mixed community in the heart of Toronto.
The development is taking place in three phases, and we are currently in phase two. When it is complete, Regent Park will contain the same number of subsidized or rent-geared-to-income homes, 7,500, and will also include 7,500 market units.
“Revitalization is about more than planning for the physical environment, it is about planning for people as Regent Park undergoes significant demographic and social changes.” City of Toronto
Dixon Hall took part in creating the Regent Park Revitalization Social Development Plan. This document was approved by City Council and outlines the importance of social integration as a cornerstone of the revitalized Regent Park. Having served the inhabitants of Regent Park since it was first built in the 1950’s, and today with Park residents as staff, volunteers and clients, Dixon Hall is in a position to advocate on their behalf throughout the redevelopment, and to ensure that the new community is properly planned to meet their needs.