Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (British Columbia)
WHEREAS the objective of housing policy should be to encourage availability of affordable housing for Canadians;
WHEREAS the Government of Canada can consider a range of measures to encourage availability of affordable housing;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada make it a priority to have the federal government work urgently with provincial and municipal governments to encourage housing affordability, especially in major cities, by making use of appropriate policy levers available to the federal government in this regard;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the federal government to consider measures to:
- develop better data on the operation of the housing markets, including on the impact of foreign investment;
- increase supply of affordable housing, including rental, by providing financial support or other incentives, or by creating dis-incentives to leaving housing units vacant;
- close existing tax loopholes related housing transactions and strengthen compliance with tax provisions;
- improve energy efficiency in newly built housing.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the Government of Canada to remain accountable to citizens with an annual report of number of homeless housed and the number of homeless not yet settled into housing across Canada.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a national housing action plan be developed as a matter of urgency that will produce affordable safe housing for Canadians at all income levels and implement the initiatives identified in the 2015 LPC platform.