Sunday March 26, 2017
Is lack of affordable housing an issue where you live?
The government has promised over $11 billion for a national housing strategy over 11 years. Critics say it's too little, too slow. Is lack of affordable housing an issue where you live? With host Duncan McCue.
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It was the biggest ticket item in the federal budget: Canada's Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, pledged 11.2 billion dollars for a national housing fund. The money will be rolled out over the next 11 years.
But what does a national housing strategy mean in practice? And how will the money be used? How should it be used?
We've all heard about the rising cost of buying a home. But it's much more basic than that. It's a decent roof over your head. A place to call home.
For decades municipalities across the country have been asking for help to deal with the shortage of affordable housing.
20 per cent of renters spend more than half their income on housing. And much of the existing housing stock is in need of repair. Three quarters of the rental buildings in Canada are more than 30 years old. If you're hoping for subsidized housing get ready for a long waiting list.
What about those who have no homes? Over 200,000 Canadians experience homelessness at some point every year. Some people are sleeping in shelters or on the street. They're couch surfing or waiting unnecessarily in hospitals and other temporary accommodation.
One in 5 Indigenous people living off reserve are homeless -- or live in overcrowded, unsafe or inadequate housing.
Is lack of affordable housing a problem where you live? What would you like to see in a national housing strategy?
Should priority given to building new, affordable homes? Or should cities and municipalities focus on fixing up housing stock that's in disrepair?
Our question: Is lack of affordable housing an issue where you live?
Professor with the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto
Mayor of Edmonton, Chair of the Big City Mayors Caucus at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Twitter: @doniveson , @FCM_online , @CityofEdmonton
Chairman of Silver Sage Housing Corporation and Tribal Chief of File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council
Professor at McGill University, school of Architecture. Founded the Affordable Homes graduate studies program.
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In the show
- Thank you for being a friend . . . I can buy a house with: Meet a new generation of golden girls
- Toronto has dire need for federal help on housing, U of T professor says
- Mayor Don Iveson pleased with federal budget investment on affordable housing
- Designing Flexible Housing - The Grow Home
- Federal budget 2017: Highlights of Bill Morneau's 2nd budget
- 'It's very much about laying out a long term vision': Finance Minister Bill Morneau addresses budget concerns
- Federal budget delivers on local needs, say city leaders
- Budget cash for transit, housing repairs 'very sexy, indeed,' mayor says (Mar. 23, 2016)
- Federal budget 2016: Mayor John Tory praises feds for funding local transit and social housing (Mar. 22, 2016)
- Average Canadian home now costs more than $500,000, CREA says
Government of Canada
- Let's Talk Housing - public consultations site
- Shaping Canada's National Housing Strategy - public consultations report
Globe and Mail
- National housing strategy could be set by end of year, federal minister says
- We can end homelessness in Canada (Jan. 16, 2017)
- High rent and low vacancy are squeezing renters in Canada's largest cities (Jul. 11, 2016)
- Canada's cities call for $12.7-billion federal fix for housing crisis (Oct. 21, 2016)
- A portable housing benefit could ease our homeless crisis
- Big Canadian cities see faster suburban growth despite bid to boost density
- Ottawa urged to focus housing funds on poor, indigenous people (Oct. 11, 2016)
- The link between Vancouver's homelessness and soaring housing prices (Oct. 11, 2016)
- No Vacancy: The Globe investigates the state of rental housing in major Canadian centres
- Young Syrian refugees in Vancouver worried about housing, education (Oct. 18, 2016)
- London leaders in technology and homelessness prevention sound off on federal budget 2017
- Federal budget 2017: Big investment in affordable housing, nothing to cool red-hot markets
- THE THREE CITIES WITHIN TORONTO: Income Polarization Among Toronto's Neighbourhoods, 1970-2005 (Dec. 2007)
- Strategic Partnerships Advancing the Development of Affordable Housing (Sept. 2016)
- Responding to Homelessness Needs Through Housing
- Innovative Affordable Homeownership Initiatives
- The Rental Housing Index: Building the Evidence We Need to Meet the Housing Needs of Tomorrow
- Stats Can: Homeownership and Shelter Costs in Canada