Improving housing affordability and supporting social housing
Successful cities have affordable housing for families, students, working people and seniors: all should be able to live comfortably and contribute to their communities’ success. Big cities are delivering innovative solutions to address the increasing need for affordable housing.
Access to affordable housing is critical to the health, well-being, and economic prosperity of Canadians and newcomers. In many big cities, houses are getting more expensive and rents are on the rise. There are too few low-rent options. Many existing social housing units are at risk of having to increase the rent as long-term federal government subsidy agreements end.
FCM’s Big City Mayors have helped bring municipal housing issues to the national forefront. And in federal budget 2016 there were new short-term investments in social housing and a commitment to start working towards a long-term National Housing Strategy.
BCMC is bringing its experience and solutions to help solve the national housing crisis.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayors’ Caucus announced their principles for the National Housing Strategy at the Toronto Housing Summit which brought together federal, provincial and municipal leaders and over 200 representatives of non-profit, co-operative and private sector organizations, as well as residents and housing experts.
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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