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Trudeau Announces $1.5 Billion Canada Rental Protection Fund

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled a new $1.5 billion Canada Rental Protection Fund aimed at tackling the housing affordability crisis gripping the nation, particularly impacting renters. The fund, a key measure in Budget 2024, seeks to protect affordable housing and facilitate the creation of thousands of new apartments across Canada.

In a press conference today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the pressing issue of housing affordability, emphasizing the need for immediate action to alleviate the burdens faced by Canadians, especially young individuals and low- to middle-income families.

The $1.5 billion Canada Rental Protection Fund represents a concerted effort by the government to mitigate the impact of soaring rents and a shortage of affordable housing options. With $1 billion allocated for loans and $470 million for contributions to non-profit organizations and other partners, the fund aims to prevent the loss of affordable rental units and ensure the long-term affordability of housing.

“We’re making the playing field fairer for renters. Through Budget 2024, we’re working with non-profits to protect affordable housing, preserve rent prices, and build thousands of new apartments. It’s simple – you should be able to live in the community you love, with a rent you can afford,” stated Prime Minister Trudeau.

The collaboration between the federal government and various partners, including the charitable and private sectors, underscores the importance of a collective effort in addressing housing affordability. By mobilizing investments and financing from multiple sources, the fund aims to maximize its impact and reach communities across Canada.

“We need to make sure affordable housing stays affordable in Canada. The Canada Rental Protection Fund is going to help protect the affordable housing we have so Canadians can live in the communities they love,” emphasized Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities, Sean Fraser.

The announcement of the Canada Rental Protection Fund comes amidst a series of initiatives outlined in Budget 2024, including a $15 billion top-up to the Apartment Construction Loan Program, a $6 billion Canada Housing Infrastructure Fund, and a $400 million top-up to the Housing Accelerator Fund.


The unveiling of the Canada Rental Protection Fund represents a significant step towards addressing the housing affordability crisis gripping Canada. With rents soaring and affordable housing options dwindling, the need for immediate action cannot be overstated.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s announcement underscores the government’s commitment to providing tangible solutions to improve the lives of Canadians across the country. By allocating substantial funds to protect affordable housing and facilitate the creation of new units, the government is taking proactive measures to ensure that all Canadians have access to safe and affordable housing options.

The collaborative approach involving multiple stakeholders, including the federal government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector, highlights the importance of collective action in addressing complex societal issues. Moving forward, it will be crucial to monitor the implementation of the Canada Rental Protection Fund and its impact on communities across Canada.

As housing remains a top priority for Canadians, initiatives like the Canada Rental Protection Fund serve as a beacon of hope for those struggling to find affordable housing in an increasingly challenging market. It is imperative that the government continues to prioritize housing affordability and explore innovative solutions to create a more inclusive and equitable society for all Canadians.

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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