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Government Support to Increase the Supply of Social Housing

WHEREAS there are many seniors in Canada on fixed incomes and are disproportionately
likely to be in need of affordable housing;

WHEREAS housing affordability is rapidly becoming a crisis situation for many seniors and
their caregivers;

WHEREAS a number of decades ago the Government of Canada played a key role in
housing programs and worked towards national standards for housing fairness and
affordability;

WHEREAS the role of the Federal Government as a major player in a national housing
strategy has basically been eliminated by previous national governments;

WHEREAS Canada has one of the smallest social housing inventories among all developed
countries;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urges the Government of Canada re-
asserts its key role in working directly with Provincial Governments and Local Governments
to provide affordable housing solutions for seniors and others facing housing insecurity;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urges the Government of
Canada develop legislation which reasserts its role in developing and implementing a national
housing strategy, with particular emphasis on housing affordability for seniors, who are the
most vulnerable in Canada’s population;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada supports long term, public,
federal funding for the construction and operation of new social housing units, including
those operated on an independent, not-for- profit basis.

 

DELTA
SENIOR LIBERALS’ COMMISSION BC
VANCOUVER QUADRA

Contacts: Ryan Campbell, Rabi Alam, Wilf Hurd
ryanmatthewcampbell@gmail.com
rabialam60@yahoo.com
wilf.hurd@shaw.ca

 


References

Carter, T. (1997). Current practices for procuring affordable housing: The Canadian context.
Housing policy debate, 8(3), 593-631.
https://www.innovations.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/hpd_0803_carter.pdf

Carter, T., & Polevychok, C. (2004). Housing is good social policy. Ottawa: Canadian Policy
Research Networks.
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.446.7141&rep=rep1&type=pdf

Pomeroy, S. (2001). Toward a comprehensive affordable housing strategy for Canada.
Ottawa: Caledon Institute of Social Policy.
http://www.urbancenter.utoronto.ca/pdfs/elibrary/CaledonCompHousing.pdf

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