Hamilton – Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home, yet many Canadians in Ontario and across the country continue to struggle with high housing costs. That is why the Government of Canada continues to invest in affordable, energy-efficient housing to build back better, grow the middle class, and tackle climate change, while working to end homelessness and help vulnerable Canadians.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced $5 million in funding to help over 320 Ontario families and individuals find a place to live and build their future. This funding will be delivered through the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund, which was expanded in Budget 2021, and will build a total of 30,000 affordable housing units for Canadians.
Through this initiative, the government is helping to build 95 new rental units in Hamilton, 72 in London, 68 in Mississauga, 50 in Simcoe, and 43 in Kitchener. All projects will be built with energy-efficient passive housing design, which will result in significant reductions in the energy consumption and pollution of the buildings. This will lower operating costs for building operators and increase affordability for tenants.
Since 2015, through programs like the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive and the Rapid Housing Initiative, the Government of Canada has helped more than one million Canadians find a safe and affordable place to call home. The government will continue to do whatever is necessary to grow the middle class, build back stronger communities, and make life more affordable for Canadians while getting us closer to our goal of eliminating chronic homelessness in Canada.
“As we finish the fight against COVID-19, finding an affordable place to live remains a challenge for many Canadians in communities across the country. Today’s announcement is great news for families in Ontario, and we will continue to help all Canadians find safe, affordable housing. Thanks to smart investments like these, we will grow our middle class, fight climate change, and build back better for all Canadians.” – Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada