Tenant Experiences Survey Summary Report is here!

Insights from 462 Kingston Tenants Illuminate the Path to Affordable, Safe, and Dignified Housing

The JRK Affordable Housing Working Group is proud to announce the release of the “Kingston Tenant Experiences Survey Summary Report.” The report, based on responses from 462 tenants, combines statistical analysis with qualitative narratives to offer a comprehensive understanding of the housing landscape in Kingston and the ongoing challenges tenants face.

In a climate where tenants’ voices are often marginalized or dismissed, the “Kingston Tenant Experiences Survey Report” reinforces lived experiences with quantitative metrics and underscores the need for evidence-based policy interventions that prioritize housing affordability, safety, and tenant rights.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Increased unaffordability for new tenants: Rental costs are an ongoing concern with 55% of tenants who have moved within the past year reporting their rent is unaffordable. On average, rent for new units is 54% higher than occupied units, with three- and four-bedroom units seeing the greatest increases.
  • Most rental units have at least one serious maintenance issue: 87-89% of tenants found at least one issue in their unit or building. Tenants reported high rates of public health issues like mould (30%) and cockroaches or other bugs (23%).
  • City’s eviction rate higher than the national average: Over one in four (26%) of Kingston tenants have been evicted or threatened with eviction, significantly higher than the 2021 national average of 12.8%. 
  • Threat of eviction stops tenants from getting repairs: Tenants cite fear of angering their landlord and losing their home as a reason for not seeking repairs. Tenants who have been evicted or threatened with eviction are 1.8 times more likely to wait over three months for repairs, while tenants who have not are 1.8 times more likely to wait less than a week. 

As the first community-based survey of its kind, the release of the “Kingston Tenant Experiences Survey Report” marks a significant milestone in Just Recovery Kingston’s ongoing advocacy efforts. Providing valuable data that hones in on concerns that Kingston tenants have raised will help policymakers make informed decisions in creating habitable homes and a just community.

Victory Series

Please join Aric McBay to discuss some exciting movements and what we can learn from them.

·  Weds Feb 28 @ 7pm (Virtual) – The Green Bans

·  Weds Mar 13 @ 7pm (Virtual) – Parcel C, Boston Chinatown

·  Weds Mar 20 @ 7pm – Richmond Dump (Kingston, in person)

We’ll start with a brief recap of each movement’s history and impact. Then Aric will facilitate a group discussion about why they won and how we can apply those lessons and inspirations to our own work.

If you register, Aric will send you short passages about the featured movement to read before the discussion — this is a unique opportunity for you to engage with and help shape a book in progress.

Please sign up in advance so that you can get the reading and so that we know how many people to expect: https://forms.gle/tAmXtymsPpMuLtq6A

Space will be limited at some events. This series is presented in conjunction with Just Recovery Kingston.

The Green Bans (1971-1974) – In the 1970s, Australian unions and neighbourhood groups work together to fight gentrification and the destruction of urban green space. And they use a powerful new tactic—the green ban—to stop billions of dollars of construction.

Parcel C, Boston Chinatown 
(1993-1994) – In the 1990s, Boston’s Chinatown had the highest density of any neighbourhood in the city, and the smallest amount of green space per person. When an institution tried to seize the last undeveloped lot of a new parking garage, organizers fought back against environmental racism with a powerful coalition and an alternate vision of a new community center.

Richmond Dump (1988-present) – A small group of anti-dump organizers in Ontario defeat the largest garbage company in the world, thanks to persistence, diverse skills, and an alliance between settlers and Indigenous peoples.

Connections: Care Not Cops and Encampment Support Network YGK

November 1, 7-8pm online (zoom info below)


  • Care Not Cops on the relationship between Queen’s University and the Kingston Police, namely through the Student District Safety Initiative and the Nuisance Party Bylaw.
  • Encampment Support Network YGK talking about the Community Standards Bylaw and why it will harm the most marginalized in our communities

Zoom Info:

Meeting URL:https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81138416233?pwd=TI9fAJ1IGBZcM9OBRpyKa06IlNMrvc.1&from=addon
Meeting ID:811 3841 6233
Join by Telephone
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March for the Land! Kingston bus!

Kingston bus to March for the Land (Sept 27, 2023)

Just Recovery Kingston invites you to join us in supporting the Indigenous communities of the historic Land Defence Alliance against unwanted mining! Members of five Northern Ontario First Nations will be marching in Toronto with allies from across the province. 

Meet us on Wednesday, September 27 at 8am, at the Memorial Centre to board the bus for departure.

The event in Toronto will run from roughly 12pm to 3pm, with a return to Kingston immediately after. This march is a family-friendly event.

We ask that you pack a lunch and check the weather in advance to dress appropriately. The bus will be going rain or shine!

Sign up for your spot on the bus at: https://forms.gle/2EiM9TGK8HBpX1mM6

Questions? Email Aric.McBay (at) chco.ca or call Aric at 613.985.1117.

Tenants: Have your say!

Tenant Survey: bit.ly/kingstontenantsurvey

Just Recovery Kingston is asking Kingston renters to share your experiences about renting in Kingston. We know that our housing and rental system is broken and this survey will help us figure out what are the most common issues tenants face so that we can collectively fight for tenant rights in our city.  People who fill out the survey can be entered into a draw to win $50 gift cards.

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us at justrecoverykingston (at) gmail (dot) com. You can also find us on facebook or Instagram.