Affordable housing remains a pressing need across Canada. This is particularly true in Brantford-Brant with Brantford being identified by a Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation study as the third worst city in Ontario to find affordable housing. The lack of affordable housing disproportionately affects lower-income families, youth and seniors.
The Liberal Party of Canada 2015 Election Platform stated “We will make it easier for Canadians to find an affordable place to call home. Today, one in four Canadian households is paying more than it can afford for housing, and one in eight cannot find affordable housing that is safe, suitable, and well maintained. When affordable housing is in short supply, Canadians feel less secure and our whole economy suffers. We will renew federal leadership in housing, starting with a new, ten-year investment in social infrastructure.”
The Brantford-Brant Federal Liberal Association (BBFLA) fully the Liberal Platform commitments on this issue and has joined with Liberals and supporters of greater investments in affordable housing to advocate for greater action on this issue.
A policy resolution on this issue was lead authored by Brantford local Ajay Kaushik in collaboration with a London-Fanshawe Liberal Association last fall who sponsored the resolution. The resolution was informed by the discussions at the forum hosted by our Brantford-Brant Seniors’ Liberal Club on Social Prosperity and affordable housing where Ajay was a panelist. In particular, the resolution put forth focuses on combating homelessness which policies directed towards creating more affordable housing will help.
This policy resolution on combating homelessness was later voted by Liberals across Ontario at a Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario) Policy Prioritization meeting in Toronto as among the top 5 priority policy resolutions for all of Ontario and, as such, is sent to the National Liberal Policy and Platform Committee to be considered for the 2019 platform.
For the Halifax convention, fewer policy resolutions from across the country will be considered. Ajay and our Association are proud to support the Affordable Housing policy sponsored by the Liberal Party of Canada (Alberta).
Affordable housing remains a major need in our riding and across Canada and what the resolution calls for can serve to help many people.
We strongly encourage all Registered Liberals attending the National Liberal Convention in Halifax to make this resolution a high priority.
We remain pleased with the Liberal government’s actions on Affordable Housing to date with historic investments in social infrastructure. You can read more about the government’s National Housing Strategy at https://www.placetocallhome.ca/ and you can see what experts are saying about the Housing Strategy here.
However, as Justin Trudeau has said, “Better is Always Possible” and we look forward to further action from our government on this issue. By supporting the Affordable Housing resolution in Halifax you can help make that happen.
You can see both the policy put forth in Ontario and the policy put forth by the Liberal Party of Canada (Alberta) that will be considered at the Halifax Convention below.
RECENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING POLICY RESOLUTIONS
(Moved by Liberal-Fanshawe Federal Liberal Association, voted as top 5 priority resolution in Ontario)
WHEREAS homelessness is a critical issue facing all communities in Canada;
WHEREAS housing stability allows people to from all walks of life to feel secure by taking care of one their biggest basic needs;
WHEREAS Canada is a compassionate country and Canadians are well known for their empathy and helpful nature;
WHEREAS many people are homeless due to issues surrounding mental illness and other matters beyond their control;
WHEREAS Canada has the potential to be a world leader in enacting policies combatting poverty and homelessness;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada support a policy of providing housing and care to any individual who cannot look after themselves.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada support the principle of housing as a basic right and develop a comprehensive policy intended to effectively end homelessness in Canada within the next 10 years.
(Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Alberta)), voted as a top 30 priority resolution across Canada and will be considered at the Halifax National Convention)
- residents in Canada have the right to affordable housing, regardless of ethnicity, cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or disability;
- students, women, and Indigenous people face particular challenges in finding clean, safe and affordable housing;
- there is an acute shortage of affordable public and non-market housing for those of lower income;
- those of lower income fear housing security is not reliable or robust enough to meet current needs;
- many housing complexes were constructed without fully accessible suites;
- the building and development industry does not design or engineer residential housing for ready conversion for accessibility inside and outside the residence;
- the present federal government has shown great leadership in developing a national housing strategy;
BE IT RESOLVED the Liberal Party of Canada urge the Government of Canada to:
- institute a funding program to modify existing non-market housing complexes to meet current health, safety, and accessibility codes
- support the principle that the total cost of public non-market housing for lower income residents of Canada should not exceed 30% of their gross annual income.
Read more about the Liberal platform commitments on Affordable Housing here.