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Canada Unveils Ambitious Housing Plan to Address Affordability Crisis

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ministers Chrystia Freeland and Sean Fraser reveal comprehensive strategy to tackle housing challenges.

In response to the pressing housing affordability crisis facing Canadians, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland, and Minister of Housing, Infrastructure, and Communities Sean Fraser, unveiled Canada’s Housing Plan today in Vaughan, Ontario.

The plan, titled “Solving the housing crisis: Canada’s Housing Plan,” sets out an ambitious agenda to make housing more affordable and accessible for all Canadians, particularly younger generations who have been disproportionately affected by rising housing costs.

Central to the plan is a commitment to ensure that no hard-working Canadian spends more than 30 percent of their income on housing expenses. To achieve this goal, the government aims to unlock 3.87 million new homes by 2031, including a minimum of 2 million net new homes.

Key initiatives outlined in the plan include the implementation of a Public Lands for Homes Plan to facilitate the construction of affordable housing on federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal lands. Additionally, a $15 billion investment in the Apartment Construction Loan Program is proposed to build a minimum of 30,000 new rental apartments across urban, rural, and remote communities.

Furthermore, measures to support renters and homeowners include the establishment of a Tenant Protection Fund, leveraging rental payment history to improve credit scores, and increasing the Home Buyers’ Plan withdrawal limit.

The plan also addresses the need for more affordable and rental housing options, with $1 billion allocated for the Affordable Housing Fund and the launch of a $1.5 billion Canada Rental Protection Fund.

In addition to housing initiatives, the plan includes investments in apprenticeship opportunities and skilled trades awareness programs to address labor shortages in the construction industry.


The unveiling of Canada’s Housing Plan marks a significant step towards addressing the housing affordability crisis gripping the nation. With housing costs continuing to rise and younger Canadians facing barriers to homeownership, the need for bold and decisive action has never been more apparent.

By committing to unlock millions of new homes and implementing measures to support renters, homeowners, and vulnerable populations, the government demonstrates a genuine commitment to improving housing affordability for all Canadians.

However, the success of the plan will depend on effective implementation and collaboration between all levels of government, as well as private and non-profit sectors. It is imperative that the momentum generated by this announcement translates into tangible results on the ground, ensuring that every Canadian has access to safe, affordable housing.

GTA Today will continue to monitor developments related to Canada’s Housing Plan and provide updates on its impact on communities across the Greater Toronto Area.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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