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Minister highlights budget boost for building accessible homes in Canada

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It is a plan to build a Canada that works better for everyone, where younger generations can get ahead, where their hard work pays off, and where they can buy a home—where everyone has a fair chance at a good middle-class life.

The Honourable Kamal Khera, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities and Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, met with the Kingston and Frontenac Housing Corporation in Kingston, Ontario, to highlight Budget 2024’s investments that would make more government land available to build homes for Canadians, including:

  • Building homes on public lands with the new Public Lands for Homes Plan. The federal government would unlock 250,000 new homes by 2031, by using all tools available to convert public lands to housing (such as unused or underused office towers or parking lots), including leasing, acquiring other public lands for housing, and retaining ownership, whenever possible.
  • Building homes on Canada Post properties by taking steps to enable Canada Post to prioritize leasing or divesting post office properties and lands with high potential for housing. This plan would make sure postal service is not disrupted and would maintain Canada Post’s role as a “service first” organization focused on delivering the mail.
  • Building homes on National Defence lands by exploring the redevelopment of properties that could be suitable for both military and civilian uses, divesting 14 surplus properties with housing potential, and building and renovating housing for Canadian Armed Forces personnel on bases.
  • Converting underused federal offices into homes with $1.1 billion over 10 years to transform 50% of the federal office portfolio into housing, which will save $3.9 billion over the next 10 years, with $0.9 billion per year in ongoing savings. This would enable more office buildings, particularly in urban areas, to be converted into homes for Canadians.

Budget 2024 is a plan to deliver fairness for every generation.

First, the budget takes bold action to build more homes. Because the best way to make home prices more affordable is to increase supply—and quickly. It lays out a strategy to unlock 3.87 million new homes by 2031. Key measures include launching the new Public Lands for Homes Plan and the Canada Rental Protection Fund, enhancing the Canadian Mortgage Charter, and creating a new Canadian Renters’ Bill of Rights.

Second, it will help make life cost less. The budget builds on the Government’s transformative expansion of Canada’s social safety net—$10-a-day child care; dental care for uninsured Canadians, the first phase of universal pharmacare—and advances the Government’s work to lower everyday costs for Canadians. This includes helping to stabilize the cost of groceries, cracking down on junk fees and lowering the costs of banking. Budget 2024 also makes transformative new investments, including a National School Food Program and the Canada Disability Benefit.

Third, this year’s budget will grow the economy in a way that’s shared by all.The Government’s plan will increase investment, enhance productivity, and encourage innovation. It will create good-paying and meaningful jobs, keep Canada at the economic forefront, and deliver new support to empower more of our best entrepreneurs and innovators. This includes attracting more investment in the net-zero economy by expanding and delivering the major economic investment tax credits, securing Canada’s advantage as a leader in artificial intelligence, and investing in enhanced research grants that will provide younger generations with good jobs and new opportunities. And it means ensuring that Indigenous Peoples share in this growth in a way that works for them.

Budget 2024 will also make Canada’s tax system fairer by asking the wealthiest to pay a bit more—so that the Government can invest in prosperity for every generation, and because it would be irresponsible and unfair to pass on more debt to the next generations. Budget 2024 is a responsible economic plan that upholds the fiscal objectives outlined in the 2023 Fall Economic Statement, and sees Canada maintain the lowest deficit- and net debt-to-GDP ratios in the G7.

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