CANADIANS CAUGHT IN HOUSING CRISIS CAN’T AFFORD TO WAIT
October 1st, 2018 - 10:19am
OTTAWA – As Canada faces an unprecedented housing crisis throughout the country, exploding house prices, rising rents, rental housing shortages, long waitlists for non-market housing and increasing homelessness, the NDP is calling on the government for urgent action now. Canadians cannot afford to wait until after the next election for this crisis to be solved.
“The housing crisis in Canada requires urgent action now. The lack of adequate and affordable housing is a national disgrace,” said North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney. “It’s unacceptable, in a country as wealthy as ours, that so many people are desperate for affordable housing. Funding coming in 2020 and beyond does nothing for the many people in our communities who need housing today.”
The NDP used their first opposition day of the fall sitting to highlight the fact that measures announced by the Liberal government don’t address the urgency of the situation. The motion calls for the government to immediately bring forward 50% of the funding attached to the government’s housing strategy.
“The province and municipalities and many other organisations in our communities are doing what they can to create housing solutions, but they need the federal government at the table too; and with funding now, not promises for if they get re-elected.”
“Years of neglect on this file by Liberal and Conservative governments got us to where we are now,” added Blaney. “We know Canadians can’t afford to wait, and that’s why we will continue to push the Liberals to roll out funding now.”