Parry Sound-Muskoka MP and Conservative Party leadership candidate Scott Aitchison released a plan this week that he says will increase housing supply across the country and solve Canada’s housing crisis.
“Scott will provide federal leadership to get more homes built, and invest in affordable and social housing because every Canadian deserves a safe bed to sleep in,” said his campaign manager in a media release.
According to YIMBY: A Plan To Build More Homes for Canadians, federal, provincial, and municipal governments can work together to:
- End exclusionary zoning in big cities.
- Get shovels in the ground faster and expand skilled trades.
- Invest in affordable and social housing.
- Crack down on money laundering.
“We got housing built when I was mayor in Huntsville with a common-sense approach to planning,” said Aitchison. “We set clear rules and incentives for builders, and it’s the kind of leadership we need in Ottawa to solve the housing crisis.”
Features of the plan include:
Yes to more homes: “The federal government provides billions of dollars in funding to municipalities every year. Scott’s leadership will tie that funding directly to requirements to build more housing. Working with big cities where the problem is the largest, we will end the divisive, repetitive, and highly political debates that stall new housing projects, by setting clear guidelines and expectations for what kind of housing should be allowed by right. With reforms adopted by municipalities or provinces, Canada will see a boom in new housing supply, and with it more federal government funding will flow for infrastructure in those communities to help our communities grow and end the housing crisis.”
Yes to more builders: “The federal government led by Scott will work with the provinces to expand training capacity to train more builders and recruit people to the skilled trades each year. We will also fix our immigration system to make sure skilled labourers can come to Canada to work and build more homes and welcome them to call Canada home in the process.”
Yes to a safe bed to sleep in: “The federal government led by Scott is going to invest in more affordable and social housing across Canada. By partnering with home builders across the country, we can build more units, repair existing units, and end the long waitlists for social housing.”
Yes to enforcing our laws: “People from around the world want to call Canada home, and they should be welcomed with open arms — but we cannot be a place for the world’s criminals to stash their money. For too long Canadians have had to pay higher prices because governments have been unable or unwilling to enforce our laws. Scott will make sure law enforcement agencies across Canada have the tools they need to identify money laundering, create real penalties to tell the world dirty money is no longer welcome here, and root it out.”
Says Aitchison: “We will invest in affordable social housing across Canada. We will partner with home builders to fund new units, repair existing units, and clear the long waitlists for social housing. Everyone deserves a safe bed to sleep in.”
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