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Government Unveils Ambitious Housing Plan to Address Canada’s Housing Crisis

In a bid to tackle Canada’s persistent housing crisis, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s government has unveiled a comprehensive plan in Budget 2024 aimed at unlocking housing construction and making homeownership more accessible for Canadians.

The centerpiece of the announcement is a $15 billion top-up to the Apartment Construction Loan Program, intended to spur the development of at least 30,000 new apartments. With this injection of funding, the program is projected to facilitate the construction of over 131,000 new apartments within the next decade. Reforms to the program include extending loan terms, broadening eligibility to encompass housing for students and seniors, and introducing a streamlined application process to fast-track the approval of proven home builders.

Furthermore, the government is launching the Canada Builds initiative, a collaborative effort with provinces and territories to bolster rental housing across the nation. Leveraging a $55 billion Apartment Construction Loan Program, the federal government will provide support to jurisdictions that commit to ambitious housing plans, similar to British Columbia’s BC Builds initiative. These plans are expected to prioritize provincial or territorial investments, expedite development approval timelines, and meet stringent criteria outlined in the Apartment Construction Loan Program.

In addition to these measures, Budget 2024 allocates $6 billion to the Canada Housing Infrastructure Fund and includes a $400 million top-up to the Housing Accelerator Fund. These funds are intended to ensure that communities have the necessary infrastructure to support housing development and growth.

Speaking on the announcement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emphasized the government’s commitment to making the housing market fairer for every generation. “Today’s announcement will cut red tape, speed up development, and build more homes, so that Canadians – from teachers, to nurses, to construction workers – can afford to stay in the communities where they work,” stated Trudeau.

The initiative has garnered praise from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland, who emphasized the need for a collaborative, multi-level government effort to address Canada’s housing challenges. “To fix Canada’s housing challenges, we need a Team Canada effort – every order of government must use every lever at its disposal to build more homes, faster,” Freeland remarked.

With housing pressures persisting across the country, the measures outlined in Budget 2024 aim to make it easier, cheaper, and faster to build homes in Canada. By providing low-cost financing, streamlining processes, and incentivizing partnerships, the government aims to create more affordable housing options for Canadians of all walks of life.

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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