HANSARD: Will the Liberals stop treating housing as a commodity and commit to building at least 500,000 units of social housing and co-op housing?

Debates of May 4th, 2023
House of Commons Hansard #191 of the 44th Parliament, 1st Session.

Oral Questions
May 4th, 2023 / 2:45 p.m.

Jenny Kwan Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, the Liberals abandoned their responsibility to build social housing, and Canadians are paying the price. Under this Prime Minister, the cost of a home has nearly doubled. Successive Liberal and Conservative governments allowed corporate landlords to buy up affordable housing stock and jack up the cost of housing for renters and homeowners alike.

Will the Liberals stop treating housing as a commodity and commit to building at least 500,000 units of social housing and co-op housing so that families can find a home that they can afford?

Soraya Martinez Ferrada Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion (Housing)

Mr. Speaker, while we agree on the current housing supply challenges across the country, my colleague knows full well that this government has made historic investments since it came to office, starting with the first-ever national housing strategy.

We have built or renovated 480,000 housing units. We have kept 62,000 people off the street, and we have taken more than 32,000 people off the street.

Yes, I agree with my colleague, there is still a lot of work to be done.

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