Rural Housing Information System (RHIS) – Filling the Rural Housing Data Gap

The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus, in partnership with the Rural Ontario Institute, are proud founders of the Rural Housing Information System (RHIS), an innovative, centralized data tool to fill the housing information gap and ease the barrier to the planning and construction of affordable housing development throughout the region.

This locally driven tool will support municipalities, developers, and homebuilders in the planning and development of affordable housing. It also aims to support not for profit builders in overcoming information barriers regarding housing in rural communities. ROI and EOWC have built this tool by consolidating the information that is available through eastern Ontario municipalities’ existing resources. By having a consolidated effort for data acquisition, the RHIS will implement a streamlined approach to enhance the data collected in a centralize, digital platform. In the medium to long-term, this information will be used to appropriately strategize housing development plans, bringing appropriate affordable housing to the region and keep residents in their communities of choice.

The RHIS will harness data through an easy-to-use public dashboard, that will include demographic trends, available zoned and developable land, available building incentives, relevant municipal planning by-laws and much more.

This project was funded through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Housing Supply Challenge.

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