OTTAWA – The NDP has joined the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in urging the Conservatives to invest in long-term funding for affordable and social housing and renew long-standing funding agreements with the CMHC.

“Affordable housing is at a critical point in this country yet Conservatives are turning their backs on Canadians who are struggling to find housing they can afford,” said NDP Infrastructure and Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga). “The NDP knows we can do better and we must do better.”

New Democrats have long called for a national housing strategy and have introduced legislation to ensure the right to adequate, accessible and affordable housing for all Canadians. The Conservatives however, have defeated these initiatives at every turn.

Since the 1970s, the federal government has provided subsidies to help low-income renters. Many of these agreements are now ending for good because the Conservatives decided not to renew them.

“Municipal leaders have bold plans to revitalize neighbourhoods – but they need support from the federal government,” said Boutin-Sweet. “Canadian cities need more affordable housing and they can trust the NDP to make renewing long term funding agreements and working towards ending homelessness a priority.”

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