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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

Posted in Association News, Housing, Retrofit

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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