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Alberta Government Has ‘Deep Concerns’ About Federal Housing Announcement – Rental Housing Business

The Alberta government says it has “deep concerns” and not enough information about a $6-billion federal housing announcement made Tuesday morning.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement while he was in Dartmouth, N.S., as part of the government’s pre-budget tour. Trudeau says while the fund will help address the housing shortage plaguing Canadians, provinces and territories have to adopt certain housing policies in order to access it.

The offices of Jason Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services and Ric McIver, Minister of Municipal Affairs, responded to the announcement in a joint release just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, saying they have “deep concerns.”

“The federal government to date has not provided adequate or appropriate funding to Alberta for housing, and are once again bypassing provincial jurisdiction by not consulting or even notifying provinces about the new program,” the statement read.

“This is another example of the federal government’s long history of ignoring the province’s jurisdiction and playing politics with important issues like housing.”

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