Cities to parties: Fill housing gaps for seniors, Indigenous people – CTV News

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August 28, 2019

OTTAWA — Canada’s cities are asking federal parties to add more than $500 million a year to the national government’s decade-long housing strategy and fill gaps in the plan over its remaining eight years to make renting more affordable and keep people from going homeless.

Among the requests from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities are a new fund to help seniors pay for refits so they can stay in their homes longer, another to help build more housing for urban Indigenous people, and a separate program to pay for units for homeless people with mental illnesses.

Cities are also asking parties to consider a combination of subsidies and tax credits for owners of aging rental buildings to pay for upgrades and maintain the apartments as low-cost units.

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