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Ontario Rewards Kawartha Lakes with Over $1.5 Million for Housing Progress

In a move to accelerate housing development, Ontario has allocated $1,566,177 to Kawartha Lakes through the Building Faster Fund. The funding comes as recognition of the municipality’s strides towards its 2023 housing targets, marked by the initiation of 431 new housing units last year.

Matthew Rae, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, lauded Kawartha Lakes and other municipalities for their efforts to expedite home construction. Rae emphasized the government’s commitment to supporting municipalities in their endeavors to make homeownership more accessible across Ontario.

Doug Elmslie, Mayor of Kawartha Lakes, expressed gratitude for the funding, highlighting the city’s dedication to meeting housing goals. Elmslie underscored the importance of the funds in advancing infrastructure necessary for housing approvals across the spectrum of housing needs.

Ontario’s investments in housing and community infrastructure were also highlighted, with significant funds allocated to programs like the Building Faster Fund and the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund. Notably, the province reached 99% of its target of 110,000 new homes in 2023, with a focus on rental starts and additional residential units.

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Paul Calandra, commended municipalities like Kawartha Lakes for their progress towards housing targets. Calandra reiterated the government’s commitment to building 1.5 million homes by 2031, emphasizing the importance of collaborative efforts between the government and municipalities.

Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, expressed pride in Kawartha Lakes’ achievements and thanked the municipality for contributing to Ontario’s objective of accelerating home construction.

Commentary:

Ontario’s allocation of over $1.5 million to Kawartha Lakes underscores the government’s recognition of the critical role municipalities play in addressing the housing crisis. With housing affordability remaining a pressing issue, it’s encouraging to see initiatives like the Building Faster Fund incentivizing municipalities to expedite housing development. However, while funding is essential, sustained efforts and collaboration between the government and local authorities will be crucial in achieving long-term solutions to Ontario’s housing challenges.

Samantha Deschamps

Samantha Deschamps serves as the Queens Park Reporter, offering insightful coverage of provincial politics with depth and accuracy. With a keen understanding of legislative intricacies, Deschamps provides invaluable perspectives on matters affecting Ontario. For inquiries or feedback, contact Samantha at samantha.deschamps@gtaweekly.ca.

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