Breakthrough for affordable housing
Housing is more than just a roof over your head. Safe, affordable housing makes our cities and communities welcoming places to live, work and start a business. It's also important to retaining workers and attracting newcomers to enrich our neighbourhoods and drive economic growth.
Yet today, one in five renters spends half of their income on housing, and 1.7 million households can't access a decent home they can afford. Local governments are encouraging new affordable housing where they can, including by offering land, exempting fees and expediting permits. But it'll take leadership from all orders of government to tackle the housing crisis — and FCM has led an unprecedented campaign to make that happen.
We envision a long-term transformation of Canada's housing system-with more and more diverse affordable housing choices for Canadians of all income levels. We also know that transformation starts with the basics: significant, well-designed investments to repair and build social and affordable housing. With our united municipal voice, we're determined to see that happen.
A breakthrough for affordable housing
On November 22, 2017, the government unveiled a national housing strategy that responds directly to FCM recommendations. It commits to replace rent subsidies set to disappear as social housing operating agreements expire. It commits major new funds to tackle backlogged social housing repairs. And after 20 years, it gets Ottawa back into the business of supporting new affordable housing construction. This is a breakthrough cities and communities across our Canada — and for our vision that every Canadian deserves a safe, decent, affordable home.
Canada’s big cities are ready to partner with the federal government to improve housing affordability and sustain our existing stock of social housing. Quality and affordable housing makes our communities thriving, sustainable and welcoming places for Canadians.
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