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Behind the Issues: Ontario 2003 - Investing in affordable homes

Behind the Issues by Michael Shapcott

Behind the Issues: Ontario 2003 is a series of short studies published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) during the 2003 Ontario provincial election. Behind the Issues is meant to provide factual background information regarding the issues shaping the provincial election, enabling voters to make informed decisions and effectively evaluate each party’s platform.

Michael Shapcott examines the issue of affordable housing in the provincial election campaign. He notes that, in the 1995 election, the Conservative government came to power on a promise to get the government out of the housing business and let the private market deliver new, much-needed affordable housing for low-income Ontarians. Shapcott argues, however, that the Tories failed to deliver on their promise; he also suggests that a substantial public investment in new affordable social housing, coupled with rent supplements, is needed to reverse the trend of the past eight years and begin easing the province-wide housing crisis.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Michael Shapcott;
Publisher: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2003; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: Provincial;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues / Housing
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues / Housing / 2003
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues

Keywords / Tags:

Ontario provincial election; affordable housing; rent supplements; public housing; low-income households;