OTTAWA, April 3 /CNW/ - OTTAWA, FCM applauds today's commitment by the
Liberal Party to invest an additional $275 million per year in a new,
long-term affordable housing strategy.
Today's commitment would help cities and communities fix the growing
cracks in our housing system. It would invest 70 % more in federal
housing programs, increase cooperation among all orders of government
and help municipalities provide stable housing for the 40,000 Canadians
who sleep in emergency shelters every night.
Putting these investments on a long-term track is vital if Canada is
going to reduce homelessness and house the new workers it needs to
drive economic growth. With sustained funding commitments and a new
partnership among all three orders of government, Canada could
eliminate homelessness, spur new construction of rental units, and
renew Canada's 600,000 aging social housing units.
This issue affects every taxpayer. Homelessness fuels problems that put
an enormous burden on emergency rooms, police, and social services.
Research suggests that on average moving a homeless person from an
emergency shelter to stable housing saves taxpayers $9,000 a year.
FCM also welcomes the Liberal Party's commitment to replace expiring
infrastructure funding programs, invest in better roads and public
transit, and work with municipalities to develop long-term
infrastructure and transportation plans. However, we are concerned that
the Liberal Party's proposed cancellation of the federal P3 fund will
leave municipalities with one less source of near-term infrastructure
funding. Cities and communities need all parties to commit to protect
and expand current federal infrastructure investment levels.
Fully and swiftly implemented, today's commitments would help
municipalities meet a growing housing crisis and could lay the
foundation for badly needed long-term investments in our cities and
communities. What's needed now is a broader vision for our cities and
communities' future, and a permanent place for municipalities in
meeting national challenges. During this election campaign, FCM is
calling on all parties to step up and build that vision.
* The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been the national
voice of municipal government since 1901. FCM represents close to 90
per cent of the Canadian population - more than 1,900 municipal
governments across the country.
SOURCE FEDERATION OF CANADIAN MUNICIPALITIES
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