Affordable Housing, MP Chandra Arya, Nepean Riding
Affordable housing is more than just bricks and mortar. It’s about improving the lives of families by relieving the burden of high housing costs, so that they have more money left over every month for groceries, transportation, warm clothing, and the unexpected costs of living.
Since 2015, our government has made affordable housing a priority, launching Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy. All Canadians have a right to an affordable home where they can feel safe and warm. We’re working hard so that families don’t have to decide between making rent and putting their kid in hockey or saving for their future education.
The goals of the strategy are to:
- Reduce chronic homelessness by 50%.
- Remove more than 530,000 households out of housing need.
- Create 100,000 new housing units: four times more than what the previous government did during the last 10 years.
- Repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units
- Protect an additional 385,000 households from losing an affordable place to live
- Meeting the housing needs of Canadians, particularly seniors, women and children fleeing family violence, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, those dealing with mental health and addiction issues, veterans, and young adults
- Ensuring that future governments continue to provide Canadians with adequate housing through new legislation
- Giving a voice to vulnerable groups, including people who have experienced homelessness, to ensure that the Strategy supports those in housing need
A key part of the NHS is the Canada Housing Benefit. Our government will work with provinces and territories to develop a $4 billion Canada Housing Benefit to be launched in 2020 to respond to local housing needs and priorities.
Once fully implemented, the Canada Housing Benefit will: assist at least 300,000 families; provide an estimated average of $2,500 per year to each household recipient; and be delivered directly to households.