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.
Today, one in five renters spends half of their income on housing, and a million and half households can't access a decent home they can afford. More than 235,000 Canadians will experience homelessness this year.
- Jenny Gerbasi and Don Iveson: Potholes on the road to a National Housing
Local governments are supporting new housing where we can, by offering land, exempting fees, expediting permits. We're using tools like land use planning to link new housing into long-range plans to build more livable, competitive communities. But we can't tackle the housing crisis alone.
With strong advocacy from FCM and its municipal members, Budget 2017 marked a game-changing federal re-engagement in affordable housing in cities and communities across Canada. But to make a real difference, the details of these commitments will be critical.
The federal government is set to unveil its National Housing Strategy before the end of 2017. Municipal leaders are urging the federal government to seize this opportunity to build a brighter housing future from coast to coast to coast.
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.
Read how FCM’s Big-City Mayors’ Caucus wants the National Housing Strategy to get it right and transform affordable housing for the next generation.