Our colleagues at CHF Canada posted their federal pre-budget submission earlier today. Please review the summary below and read the document linked at the end of the post.
Published February 24, 2022
CHF Canada’s recommendations to the federal government in advance of the 2022 federal budget include how to build the next generation of co-op housing.
If housing is to be a human right rather than a commodity, building the next generation of co-op housing must be part of the supply mix as Canada sets itself on a pathway out of the housing crisis.
The cost of housing, both ownership and market rental, is on a steep increase. The result is a growing number of households that are less secure and face growing financial pressures. This is especially true for Black, Indigenous and other households of colour, along with people living with disabilities, lone-parent families, newcomers and others.
We need to quickly expand housing supply to address the housing crisis, but we must do so in a way that is inclusive of all needs and income levels.
Building the next generation of co-operative housing can help us do just that. More than a quarter of a million Canadians are members of a housing co-operative, but most of these permanently affordable co-op homes were built more than 25 years ago, through robust federal investment.
A return to dedicated federal investment designed to build and acquire co-op housing at scale, in partnership with the co-operative housing sector, will help meaningfully address the housing crisis.
Here are CHF Canada’s key recommendations: