Ontario New Democrats Release Affordable Housing and Anti-Poverty Plan
“Faced with the grim stats on poverty in Ontario— including food bank use increasing 28% since 2008, waitlists for affordable housing increasing 25% since 2007, and the poverty rate increasing by 17% since 2007 – the most in Canada – immediate action needs to be taken on this crisis,” said Cheri DiNovo, the NDP labour and housing critic. “Other parties may be happy to sit on their hands, but New Democrats are fighting to protect our most vulnerable Ontarians.”
DiNovo and Prue were joined by NDP candidates Jonah Schein (Davenport) and Cathy Crowe (Toronto Centre). The plan includes a new housing benefit for low-income individuals and families, a ten-year commitment to create 50,000 new affordable housing units, and an emergency dental care program.
“Unlike the McGuinty Liberals, who have not put forward a single new poverty or housing measure during this campaign, the NDP is putting forward bold measures to ensure that all Ontarians have access to affordable housing, a decent income, and the services they need to succeed,” said Michael Prue, the NDP poverty critic. “Simple yet effective ideas like ours will make a real change for those who need it most.”
These new initiatives complement previously announced NDP plans like protecting income security, raising the minimum wage to $11/hour indexed to the cost of living, and providing quality province-wide child care that allows parents to return to the workforce with peace of mind.
The NDP’s realistic and positive plan to make housing affordable and to eliminate poverty is putting people first. That’s the change Ontario needs.