09. Creating Affordable Housing

The lack of affordable housing in Alberta’s cities continues to be of major concern. In the past few budgets the Government of Alberta has focused its resources on renovating its current stock of affordable housing instead of building new housing units. This initiative is very important, as significant maintenance is long overdue; however, the demand for affordable housing continues to be far greater than the supply. Increasing the housing supply is a cornerstone of both municipal and provincial plans to increase access to affordable housing and to end homelessness. The City of Calgary has asked the provincial government to institute personal and corporate income tax, or provincial property tax incentives to encourage the private sector to become a mainstream player in the development of affordable housing, and to investigate financing options to facilitate the private sector's acquisition of land for affordable housing development.

Question 1:  Will you support Calgary’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness by providing a greater share of funding to Calgary to reflect the city’s growth, cost of living and high homeless population?

Question: 2  Will you reinstate block funding to enable The City of Calgary to sustain affordable housing development?

Question: 3  What commitment will you make to the construction of more affordable housing in cities?

Question: 4  What measures would you be willing to introduce to encourage the participation of the private sector in the development of more affordable housing in Alberta’s cities?

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