Canada's Housing Co-ops Embrace NDP Platform Commitments for Affordable Housing

OTTAWA, April 11 /CNW/ - "Canada's housing co-ops embrace the New Democratic Party of Canada's commitments for affordable housing," said Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada).

The NDP platform, released April 10, included commitments for affordable housing providers across Canada. Most importantly, Canada's housing co-ops were pleased to see a commitment to work with government counterparts to increase the supply of affordable housing. In addition, the inclusion of a permanent energy retrofit program, and a similar one for helping seniors, were also welcomed.

"Canada's housing co-ops support commitments that will aim to increase the number of affordable homes," said Gazzard. "Along with its provincial, territorial and municipal partners, Canada's next government can play a key role ensuring that federal housing dollars are used to build more co-op homes. Today, nearly 1.5 million households, including seniors, the disabled, working families, single parents and new Canadians, lack permanent affordable housing options."

In addition to building new affordable homes, Canada's housing co-ops are also encouraging parties to continue federal rent-geared-to-income (RGI) assistance to low-income households after co-ops agreements with CMHC end in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.

Visit CHF Canada's election blog, "Inside Co-op Housing" at www.chfcanadablog.com, for CHF Canada's take on the election and why affordable housing is a vital issue for Canada's economic prosperity.

CHF Canada is the national voice of the Canadian co-operative housing movement. Its members include over 900 non-profit housing co-operatives and other organizations across Canada.  More than a quarter of a million Canadians live in housing co-ops, in every province and territory.

SOURCE Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada

For further information:

Nicholas Gazzard, Executive Director, 1-800-465-2752 ext. 230, ngazzard@chfcanada.coop

Scott Jackson, Program Manager, National Communications, 1-877-533-2667 ext. 122,
sjackson@chfcanada.coop


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