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2012 02 16 - Press Releases

NDP bill would bring affordable housing to Toronto families

NDP by-election candidate for Toronto-Danforth Craig Scott says today’s New Democrat national housing bill is the kind of action Toronto families need to make life more affordable in one of Canada’s most expensive cities.

New Democrat Housing critic Marie-Claude Morin (Saint-Hyacinthe – Bagot) and Deputy Critic Andrew Cash (Davenport) introduced a national housing bill today to implement an affordable housing strategy in Canada and to address Conservative inaction on housing.

“Too many Toronto families are sitting on wait lists for public housing. In my community of Toronto-Danforth, public housing has unit spaces in the tens and wait lists in the thousands,” said Craig.

“And of the public housing that does exist, much of it is in serious need of repair – particularly for single family homes. This New Democrat bill would start fixing these problems right away, and help thousands of Toronto families move forward.”

The New Democrat bill requires the federal government to consult directly with housing organizations, Aboriginal communities, and provincial, territorial, and municipal governments in order to provide more secure, accessible and affordable housing for Canadian families.

The bill would include more not-for-profit rental housing projects, mixed-income housing cooperatives, special-needs housing and housing that allows seniors to remain in their homes as long as possible.

“Canada is the only country in the G8 – actually, the only industrialized nation – that lacks a national housing strategy,” said Scott.

“While the Conservatives refuse to act, a strong team of Toronto New Democrats are getting to work right away to get Toronto families the affordable housing we need.”

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