What do Canadians think about Affordable Housing?
As the federal election campaign officially starts, we’d like to say good luck to all candidates running! At Habitat for Humanity, we believe everyone has the right to a safe and decent place to live, and that it benefits all of society when they do. That’s why we are looking Beyond the Build, to how decent housing transforms futures, strengthens communities, and fosters resiliency and stability that can transcend generations. We are committed to partnering with the government, with other affordable housing advocates, and with communities at most risk, including people who are newcomers, racialized, and Indigenous, on and off Traditional Territories, to tackle the housing crisis in this country.
Federal Election Resources
Vote Housing is a national non-partisan campaign designed to engage and mobilize Canadians to pledge to #VoteHousing in the upcoming federal election.
Political Party Platforms
We encourage you to review all political party platforms regarding housing policies, speak to your candidates about housing issues, and most importantly, vote on September 20th!
Follow or visit Elections Canada to learn more about how to vote.
Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA)
- ONPHA represents nearly 700 non-profit housing providers and local housing corporations in Ontario. It’s vision is “to open doors through housing, allowing all people to thrive.”
We are advancing the following recommendations to all parties and candidates.
The Importance of Affordable Home Ownership
As indicated by the report “Building Families’ Futures and Opportunities Through Habitat Homeownership” Habitat’s model of affordable homeownership helps families build strength, stability and independence – and builds stronger, healthier communities at the same time. While homeownership has become much more challenging for Canadians, it remains out of reach for many low-income families. Habitat’s model of affordable homeownership bridges a gap for people, providing working families on low incomes the opportunity to purchase their own home. On average, Habitat generates $175,000 of benefits to society per home. These benefits come in the form of reduced reliance on social housing and food banks, better educational and employment outcomes and improved health. In Canada, Habitat’s affordable homeownership program has created a social return on investment of over $633 million since 1985.