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Housing affordability and healthy public policy – a tale of cities divided

What: Webinar
When: March 6, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm

Housing affordability is a growing problem in Ontario. In Toronto, this has lead to increasing segregation of poor and wealthy communities, with wide-ranging societal implications. In this webinar, we will explore the impact of this trend on health equity, and in analyzing the reasons behind it, will begin to reflect on possible interventions.

Hosted by the OPHA Built Environment Workgroup

Learning objectives:
  1. Learn about housing affordability in Ontario, and housing segregation in Toronto more specifically
  2. Explore the effect of housing insecurity and housing segregation on public health.
  3. Reflect on possible roles the public health professional can assume to intervene.


Dr. David Hulchanski PhD is a professor of housing and community development in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. His teaching and research is focused on housing, homelessness, neighbourhood change, and social policy. He is currently the head of a major study of neighbourhood change in Canada’s largest cities, the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership.

Background resources

Neighborhood Change

Three cities within Toronto: income polarization among Toronto neighborhoods, 1970-2005

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Presentation Slides

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