Liberals pledge affordable housing investment

September 9, 2015


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Today, September 9th, Justin Trudeau announced that a Liberal government will invest in and make it easier for Canadians to find safe and affordable housing, said Huron-Bruce federal Liberal candidate Allan Thompson.

“After a decade of Stephen Harper, people in Huron-Bruce are working harder and longer just to make ends meet in an economy that no longer works for them,” Thompson said. “Now, more than ever, Canadians require safe, adequate, and affordable housing so that they can raise their families, and find and keep jobs,” said Thompson. 

Only days after Statistics Canada confirmed the economy is in recession, monthly job numbers released last week show unemployment jumped to seven per cent nationally. Unemployment in Huron, Bruce, Perth and Grey Counties has increased for two straight months – from 4.5 per cent to 5.4 per cent in July and from 5.4 per cent to 6.1 per cent in August - according to the Four County Market Labour Planning Board.

“The Liberal Party of Canada has a plan to make housing more affordable for the people who are too often ignored – lower-income families, seniors, persons with disabilities, and Canadians working harder to join the middle class,” said Thompson.

 In rural communities and small towns, a key issue is the lack of smaller, affordable housing for seniors who want to downsize and this announcement will help those who want to provide this kind of housing for seniors in a small town setting.

 Under the leadership of Justin Trudeau, a Liberal government will invest in a comprehensive National Housing Strategy that will:

  • Prioritize significant new investments in affordable housing and seniors’ facilities, as part of the Liberals’ historic ten-year investment of nearly $20 billion in social infrastructure

  • Provide $125 million per year in tax incentives to increase and substantially renovate the supply of rental housing across Canada

  • Finance the construction of new affordable rental housing for middle- and low-income Canadians.

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Another key issue in smaller towns and municipalities is the lack of infrastructure capacity to support new housing developments. The historic investment in infrastructure proposed by the Liberal Party of Canada will help to address the infrastructure needs that can support housing developments.

Allan Thompson

Liberals have a plan to put more money in the pockets of people in Huron-Bruce to help with the costs of paying mortgages or rent, and raising their kids,” said Thompson. “This is a question about quality of life, and ensuring every Canadian has a real and fair chance to succeed. Only Justin Trudeau has the team and the plan to make a real difference in the lives of all Canadians.”

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