Catherine McKenna calls for 10 Year Plan to Address Need for More Affordable Housing in Ottawa Centre

McKenna will work to drive down the waiting list for affordable housing units in Ottawa Centre

OTTAWA, October 7, 2019 – Catherine McKenna, the Liberal candidate in Ottawa Centre, today called for the development of a 10-year plan to address the need for more affordable housing in Ottawa Centre.  If re-elected, McKenna will work with representatives from all orders of government, as well as stakeholders in Ottawa’s non-profit housing and private sectors, to develop a 10 year plan, with clear targets and timelines.

“For the first time in a generation, the federal government is back into affordable housing with our National Housing Strategy. We need to maximize this national leadership in Ottawa Centre by bringing together our best minds and knowledge in the housing sector to develop an ambitious multi-year plan that does more, faster,” McKenna said. “I will work with the city, any community partners, the province and the private sector with the goal of seeing a significant reduction in the waiting list for affordable housing,” she said.

The City of Ottawa estimates the current waiting list for affordable housing units is 11,000.

“We need to address affordable housing across the spectrum, whether it’s supportive housing, family housing or housing for seniors. And this is especially the case in the core of Ottawa,” McKenna said.

McKenna also committed to working to ensure:

  • The full spectrum of affordable housing (units below market rate) will be part of the development at LeBreton Flats;
  • Reduce red tape required for the acquisition of surplus federal lands for new affordable housing projects; and
  • A focus on building more affordable rental housing which experts view as key to addressing low vacancy rates and high rent.

“The Trudeau Liberals are committed to affordable housing through the National Housing Strategy. I am committing to work with everyone in the affordable housing sector in Ottawa Centre to make sure our residents, including families and seniors, have a roof over their head that they can afford,” McKenna said.

Taking a long-term approach to affordable housing by partnering now will ensure greater certainty for all players who have a role to play in making progress on this critical issue. Residents will have confidence that the projects that go forward are built in the right place, for the right people and completed on time and on budget.

Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy is a 10-year, $40-billion plan that will remove 530,000 families from housing need and cut chronic homelessness by fifty per cent.  From 2015 – 2019, over $220 million in Canada Mortgage and Housing funding and subsidies – from the National Housing

Co-Investment Fund and the Rental Construction Financing Initiative – flowed to projects in Ottawa Centre. Of this, there are nine new affordable housing projects – including Cornerstone Housing for Women, Rochester Heights Redevelopment and King’s Daughters and Sons seniors rental housing which have provided new homes for more than 1600 people.


David Taylor