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CHRA Advocacy: Advancing your priorities for the 2023 budget – CHRA

02 Feb 2023

On January 30th, CHRA sent a letter to the federal government asking that they take stock of how they can make life fairer, more inclusive, and more affordable for people across Canada.

Our solution? More community housing.

A public opinion poll published on January 18 by Abacus Data reveals that the cost and accessibility of housing is becoming an increasing source of concern for voters. Scotiabank’s report published the same day, Canadian Housing Affordability Hurts, provides evidence of what our sector already knows: housing has become unaffordable and inaccessible. Their report also acknowledges that market-priced housing will likely never be accessible to many households.

The 2021 census reveals that over 1.5 million households are in core housing need, yet Canada only has 655,000 units of affordable housing stock. In other words, Canada currently needs 845,000 more affordable housing units, and demand continues to grow.

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