Oakville News posed a series of questions to candidates for Oakville and Oakville North-Burlington (ONB). Each candidate was asked to provide concise answers and had several days to respond. Oakville News does not support any candidate.
If applicants provide responses at a later date, Oakville News will update this post.
Question 5: How would you solve the affordable housing crisis in Oakville?
Oriana Knox, Green Party:
- Treat housing as a fundamental human right protected by law for all Canadians and permanent residents, perhaps enshrining it in the Charter.
- Appoint a Minister of Housing to strengthen the National Housing Strategy. Housing is under provincial jurisdiction, so we would have to work with each province to oversee this strategy.
- Tell the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to go back to its old mandate of developing affordable, non-market, co-op housing, abandoning its current priority of getting more Canadians to buy homes. The GPC believes that homeownership in a country with some of the highest homeownership rates in the world should no longer be the concern of a public service housing agency.
- Currently, CMHC cannot help aboriginal organizations obtain funding for housing. We want this law changed.
- Increase the National Housing Co-Investment Fund by $ 750 million for new construction and the Canada Housing Benefit by $ 750 million for rent assistance for 125,000 households.
- Restore tax incentives for the construction of purpose-built rental housing and provide tax credits for donations of land or land and buildings to community land trusts to provide affordable housing. This includes removing the âdeemedâ GST whenever a developer with empty condo units puts them on the market as a rental.
JÃ©rÃ´me Adamo, NDP
Justin Trudeau’s housing crisis means that, since 2015, the cost of homes has increased by more than $ 300,000. $ 1.2 million is the Oakville average.
The NDP is making the fight for affordable housing a priority for all Canadians. The crackdown on big developers, money laundering and serial house flipping while raising capital gains taxes put an end to the mechanisms that drive up house prices.
Providing first-time homebuyers with 30-year terms, tax breaks and insurance gives people hope to own again. GST waiver starts building 1.7 million homes that families can afford, lifts them up and doesn’t destroy them.
The struggle of a tenant’s life becomes easier with the low-rental property protections, and housing needs $ 5,000 a year help to make families move into their homes faster forever .
The proposal to build on federal land will be guided by the stewardship of Indigenous peoples to ensure respect for treaty rights.
Anita Anand, liberal:
To help all Oakvillians achieve their dream of owning a home, a re-elected Liberal government:
- Build and preserve 1.4 million homes by 2026 in Canada
- Help first-time homebuyers save up to $ 30,000
- Create a national bill of rights for home buyers so that the home buying process is fair, open and transparent, and
- Suppress predatory and speculative practices by banning auctions, establishing an anti-rollover tax, and banning new foreign ownership of Canadian homes.
JD Meaney, People’s Party of Canada:
This is clearly a problem of supply and demand. Fueling demand consists of 2 main factors. With Trudeau’s planned immigration level at 400K + per year, he gave them the freedom to settle anywhere in Canada. Specifically, they favor the GTA and the region of Halton. The People’s Party policy is to limit our immigration levels to between 100K-150K per year, with a strong emphasis on skills-based immigration. The PCP would encourage immigrants to settle in less populated and more affordable areas than Oakville and Halton. The PPC will discourage foreign buyers who have no immediate intention of living in the homes they buy, which are simply used as an investment vehicle. This will reduce the demand for affordable housing.
By lowering our immigration levels, this will lower the Bank of Canada’s target inflation rate. The inflation rate will drop from 2% to 0%, which will cool all sectors, including housing.
Kerry Colborne, Curator:
Canada’s Stimulus Package will make homes more affordable – for homeowners and renters.
- Build a million homes in the next three years.
- Review the vast real estate portfolio of 37,000 federally owned buildings – and free up or fit for reuse at least 15% for homes.
- Build more houses near public transport.
- Provide more Canadians with a way to own a home by making it easier for more families to get a mortgage.
- Prohibit foreign investors from buying homes here if they are not planning to move to Canada.
- Encourage foreign investment in affordable rental housing specially designed for Canadians.
- Collaborate with municipalities and the private sector to bring new rental units to the market.
- Be a reliable partner to meet the housing needs of Aboriginal communities and implement a âFor Aboriginal People, By Aboriginal Peopleâ housing strategy in a spirit of reconciliation.
Bruno Sousa, Green Party
Our party and I firmly believe that housing affordability and homelessness is a national emergency that will only get worse in the years to come and should be declared as such by the government. To do this, we will need to redefine what affordable housing is and we will need to use a better and more up-to-date formula so that we can accommodate the various situations across Canada. We also believe that we should immediately appoint the Federal Housing Advocate, as established in the National Housing Strategy Act and which has continued to bear fruit. In addition, we must be able to give municipalities the capacity to self-regulate and have more control over their developments. Municipalities need federal, provincial and regional governments to facilitate and provide tools to keep housing affordability a central concern of all Canadians. This is essential and must be done on behalf of all future generations.
Lenaee Dupuis, NDP:
The government let the affordable housing crisis get out of hand for years, and the pandemic has only made matters worse. The NDP will tackle this crisis head-on to make housing more affordable for renters and landlords.
We will build at least 500,000 new quality, affordable and climate-friendly homes over the next ten years, half of which will be completed within five years. We will provide rental support to co-ops, waive the federal portion of the GST / HST on building new affordable rental housing, provide immediate relief to families struggling to pay rent, reintroduce 30-year mortgage terms at the entrance. single story homes for first time buyers, double the home ownership tax credit, and offer condominium mortgages.
The NDP will crack down on speculators, large-scale pinball machines, money launderers, tackle “renovations” and introduce a 20% tax on foreign buyers. Houses are first for people, not for profit.
Pam Damoff, Liberal:
We will build, renovate or protect 1.4 million homes and provide $ 1 billion in loans and grants to help develop option-to-buy rental projects, creating a path to homeownership for them. tenants in five years or less. We will create a Homebuyers Bill of Rights to make the home buying process fairer, more open and transparent, which includes criminalizing blind auctions, establishing a legal right to a home inspection and a two-year ban on new foreign ownership. We’ll help Canadians under 40 save up to $ 40,000 on their first home with the Tax Free Home Ownership Savings Account. We created the National Housing Strategy to eliminate 530,000 families from housing need and reduce chronic homelessness by 50%. We tripled investments in preventing and reducing homelessness and launched the Quick Housing Initiative, investing $ 2.5 billion to create at least 9,200 new affordable housing units across Canada. Despite conservative messages, we will NOT tax the sale of your principal residence.