Community leaders across the Parry Sound District are coming together to solve the affordable housing issue in the region.

Mayors and other municipal representatives, business leaders including members of the Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce, landowners and planners all got together for the West Parry Sound Housing summit on Wednesday at the Grand Tappattoo Resort in  Parry Sound.

Presented by the West Parry Sound Economic Development Office, the event was supported by local stakeholders including The Labour Market GroupParry Sound Muskoka Community Network, FedNor, and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.

The summit came on the heels of an Ontario government investment of over $3 million towards community housing announced Wednesday by Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller who said, “Affordable housing is a growing issue all across Ontario and our government recognizes that”

Miller added, “Our government believes Ontarians shouldn’t have to live in crumbling or leaky buildings. We are committed to working with municipalities and non-profits to address issues like safety, overcrowding and long wait lists”.

The funding is part of a more than $1 billion dollar plan for 2019-20 to help sustain, repair, and grow community housing.

Of the $3 million dedicated to Parry-Muskoka, $1.1 million will go to the District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board.

While at the housing summit, the Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP said he was pleased to see the group come together to discuss the need for affordable housing.

“Your attendance here is a good indication of just how big an issue is for our people, our businesses and our communities as a whole”