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New Conservative Housing Caucus

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New Conservative Housing Caucus

  News Release           December 3, 2013  CFAA Addresses New Conservative Housing Caucus In late November CFAA addressed the new Conservative Housing and Construction Caucus CFAA advocated: improvements in the tax treatment of existing rental housing greater use of direct financial assistance to low-income households so that they can rent in the private market if they choose, rather than move into social housing. Besides helping the tenants, that direct assistance for low-income tenants would...

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Housing Policy in Areas of High Temporary Accommodation Demand

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Housing Policy in Areas of High Temporary Accommodation Demand

CFAA POLICY STATEMENT Housing Policy in Areas of High Temporary Accommodation Demand Municipalities may sometimes experience a temporary spike in demand for accommodation, due to a City holding a World Fair, or a special event like the Olympic Games, for example. Public policy makers can become concerned about the impact on rental housing and may consider conversion controls or stricter rent or price controls. This policy statement suggests that a more effective policy response is to allow the...

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Housing Policy in Areas of Significant Growth

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Housing Policy in Areas of Significant Growth

Housing Policy in Areas of Significant Growth – Positive Measures In areas of rapid economic growth, sudden increases in the demand for housing can result in housing shortages, price increases and rent increases. This policy statement addresses that situation. The most appropriate policy response is to allow the housing market to operate as freely as possible. Eliminating or reducing restrictions on housing supply will allow a rapid increase in supply. That will produce more housing,...

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Portable housing allowances

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Portable housing allowances

What do various organizations say about housing allowances? Portable housing allowances are advocated by the following organizations from all sides of the housing and poverty debate: Federation of Canadian Municipalities: “A shelter allowance is needed for working poor households – without forcing them first to enter the income assistance system.” (Moving Forward: Refining the FCM Recommendations for a National Affordable Housing Strategy, October, 2004) “The analysis of...

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Government of Canada helps

Posted in Association News, CMHC, Development, Housing

Government of Canada helps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Government of Canada helps lower the cost of housing Conservative Housing and Construction Caucus applauds new initiative to help lower the cost of housing Ottawa – November 21, 2013 — The Conservative Housing and Construction Caucus (CHCC) is applauding an announcement made today the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, about new changes that will help support a number of existing social housing projects when their operating...

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Government of Canada continues to help lower the cost of housing

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Government of Canada continues to help lower the cost of housing

Government of Canada continues to help lower the cost of housing VANCOUVER – November 21, 2013 — Today, the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development announced changes that will help support a number of existing social housing projects when their operating agreements mature. “Our Government is focused on helping vulnerable Canadians lift themselves out of poverty and lead successful lives,” said Minister Bergen. “Since 2006, in working with our partners, we’ve...

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Housing affordability

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Housing affordability

CFAA HOUSING POLICY STATEMENT Addressing housing and the needs of the homeless across Canada is a key issue for community leaders and policy-makers. Making sound decisions on housing policies depends on an understanding of housing markets and of Canadians’ needs and preferences. Housing affordability Expectations about the price at which housing can be built or rented must be reasonable. Because it is new, newly-built housing cannot be affordable without substantial subsidies. New housing has...

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CFAA advocates direct assistance for low-income tenants

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CFAA advocates direct assistance for low-income tenants

August 2013 For this year’s federal pre-budget submissions, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance asked interested parties to propose between up to three recommendations. The Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations recommended: 1. Tax deferral on the sale of rental property and reinvestment in other property 2. Encouraging major building retrofits to save energy through improved tax treatment 3. Use of the savings from the expiry of the social housing operating agreements to...

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BALANCING INCENTIVES BETWEEN HOME OWNERSHIP AND RENTAL HOUSING

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BALANCING INCENTIVES BETWEEN HOME OWNERSHIP AND RENTAL HOUSING

POLICY STATEMENT Addressing housing and the needs of the homeless across Canada is a key issue for community leaders and policy-makers. Many Canadians choose to rent their housing for a variety of reasons. For many low-income Canadians, renting is the cost-effective way for them to obtain suitable and adequate housing. However, for many years in Canada, public policies at all levels of government have promoted homeownership. Those policies and programs include the following: • tax-free status...

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