What is the Green Party’s position on affordable housing?

Housing is under provincial and municipal jurisdiction, but the Green Party of Canada has a federal plan to help all Canadians find a safe and convenient place to live.

What is the Green Party’s position on affordable housing?

Maureen, from Gibsons

Dear Maureen,

Thanks for your question. So many Canadians are confronted with the fear of losing their homes or being unable to secure new ones due to soaring housing costs.

Housing is under provincial and municipal jurisdiction, but the Green Party of Canada has a federal plan to help all Canadians find a safe and convenient place to live. First, we will ensure that every Canadian earns a Guaranteed Livable Income to lift everyone above the poverty line. We will establish a federal minimum wage of $15/hour under the Canada Labour Code and work with the other levels of government to streamline welfare and disability programs in order to fund our Guaranteed Livable Income program. A single program can save money by simplifying the complex framework currently in place

Next, we will implement a national housing strategy that will address a continuum of needs – from social housing for those in poverty or dealing with mental health and addiction problems, to the market failures depriving those with even a decent income of access to the affordable housing they need. We can and will ensure that all housing needs are met – seniors, youth, and the stressed middle class.

Specifically to your question, we will establish funding for housing co-operatives through a newly mandated Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). We will also fund a nationwide program to upgrade the energy efficiency of all low-income rental housing on a phased year-by-year basis to be completed by 2030, as Germany is doing.

I look forward to representing you in Ottawa, where you can count on me to defend your right to an affordable place to call home.

Dana Taylor