City of Winnipeg Studying Regulatory Licensing Requirements

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I am very pleased to now have the Public Service fully engaged in studying options for implementing regulatory licensing requirements for single family homes that rent rooms. The public service will be consulting  with municipalities and local organizations (residents, UMSU, and others) to prepare recommendations which will then be presented to the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development this fall (2017).

 

The recommendation of the committee is as follows:

Single Family Dwellings in Neighbourhoods Adjacent to the University of Manitoba   (South Winnipeg – St. Norbert Ward)

STANDING COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION:

The Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development directed the Winnipeg Public Service to review options for implementing regulatory licensing requirements for single family homes that rent rooms, consult with other municipalities, and report back with options within 180 days.

 

 

Many cities in North America have similar challenges in communities around Universities and have used licensing to address these illegal rental housing issues. I’ve listed a few interesting examples below:

 

North Bay, Ontario:

Waterloo, Ontario:  http://www.waterloo.ca/en/government/residentialrentallicences.asp

London, Ontario:  https://www.london.ca/business/Permit-Licences/Residential-Rental/Pages/Residential-Rental.aspx

Oshawa, Ontario:  https://www.oshawa.ca/residents/Residential-Rental-Housing.asp?_mid_=656

Stony Brook, New York: http://www.stonybrookconcernedhomeowners.org/accomplishments/

 

THEN TWEAK TEXT:

My thanks to the hard working volunteers of the Fort Richmond-University Heights Neighbourhood Association, and to the many residents in surrounding communities who have  . . . blah blah . . .blah . .

 

 

 

The City of Winnipeg has an obligation and fiduciary duty to protect the public and vulnerable persons residing in structures though enforcement, licensing, permitting, by-laws and inspection of dwellings and structures.

In a review of on-campus housing across Canadian universities, it was revealed that the University of Manitoba, one of Canada’s 15 research-intensive universities,  has the lowest number of on-campus housing facilities.   For details, see Page 21 of Fort Richmond Community Vision, prepared by U of M Master’s students in 2017.

Due to this extreme shortage of affordable housing at the U of M and in the surrounding residential community, many home owners are constructing rooms to rent in their homes, but are not complying with Manitoba building code regulations or adhering to City zoning requirements for single family homes.

This problem is not unique to communities around the University of Manitoba. Many other communities throughout North America that are in close proximity to large universities experience scenarios of rental rooms being added to single family homes.  In response, many communities have established regulatory licensing by-laws, regulations and fees to ensure safe living conditions.

I have made a Motion asking the Winnipeg Public Service to review and consult with other municipalities that have implemented regulatory licensing requirements for single-family homes with rental rooms, and report back within 90 days with an implementation plan to identify, license and inspect single family dwellings with rental rooms in the neighborhoods adjacent to the University of Manitoba (i.e. Fort Richmond, Agassiz, Montcalm and University Heights).

For more information, see the Motion below:

To learn more about communities and agencies that have set up regulatory licensing requirements, visit these links:

North Bay, Ontario:

Waterloo, Ontario:  http://www.waterloo.ca/en/government/residentialrentallicences.asp

London, Ontario:  https://www.london.ca/business/Permit-Licences/Residential-Rental/Pages/Residential-Rental.aspx

Oshawa, Ontario:  https://www.oshawa.ca/residents/Residential-Rental-Housing.asp?_mid_=656

Ontario Human Rights Commission: 

 

 

 

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