NDP PRESSES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO INVEST IN SOCIAL HOUSING

NDP Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet introduces key motion in the House of Commons

OTTAWA — New Democrat Housing critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet (Hochelaga) introduced a motion today in the House of Commons to force the federal government to allocate more funds to social housing.

“As the long-term operating agreements for social housing are expiring soon, it is essential that they be renewed to preserve federal subsidies and to ensure the necessary funds are allocated to building renovations,” said Boutin-Sweet.

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has entered into agreements to support more than 620,000 social housing units. These households depend on affordable housing to live a decent life.

Today’s motion stipulates that the federal government should work in collaboration with the provinces, territories, municipalities and community partners to ensure the longevity of the social housing stock.

It also specifies that the government must honour its ratification of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as well as honour its obligations under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“The federal government has a clear responsibility in matters of housing,” said Boutin-Sweet. “If nothing is done, and if the federal government doesn’t commit itself in the long term, we will be heading straight for another housing crisis.”

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