Housing Availability & Affordability.

There is a shameful, ongoing, severe shortage of affordable housing available. This is true not just for those that need supportive assistance, but it is also true for those who are fully employed, with good jobs, but are facing skyrocketing housing prices, with accompanying higher property taxes, which keep home ownership out of reach. These issues are close cousins to poverty, but have distinct different root causes which have also been neglected. 

In the 2019 federal election, the Liberal's plan was to co-invest with homebuyers purchasing a home, which would be repaid to the government when the home is sold. The government would also get their percentage of  profit relative to any increase in the home's value. The Conservative's plan was to allow mortgages to be extended over a longer period of time, lowering your monthly payment but increasing overall cost to homeownership, while making more profits for money lenders. Both of these plans would temporarily allow more people to compete for the same housing supply, increasing the cost of their purchases even more. This would allow the more well-off to purchase with increased burden, and would place further barriers for others already struggling to enter the market - worsening the problem overall. 

Increasing the flow of new home builds from the suppliers, directly to those who, wish to live in them, and curtailing the purchase of new homes by investment corporations that resell them at higher prices (or hold them as commodities and limit supply thereby making profits for them at would-be homeowners expense) are remedy steps we must take to stop the ludicrous rate of price increases. Increasing the number of affordable homes that new build projects must include is also a piece of solving the problem. Our homes could now be built 72% more efficient, using less energy to heat or cool, making the cost of operating a home more affordable.

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