Making Housing Affordable and Accessible for Albertans

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“While home prices are lower and home ownership is higher in Alberta than in other provinces, affordable housing is still a critical issue for some Albertans, particularly those with low incomes, seniors on fixed incomes, and young people entering the housing market. A United Conservative government will ensure more affordable housing is available and built in Alberta for those who need it, including seniors in need of specialized housing.”

To Make Housing More Affordable and Accessible for Albertans, the United Conservatives Will:

  • Reduce red tape burden on home builders to lower the regulatory cost that has increased the price of new housing.
  • Re-purpose some of the capital funding for new and refurbished affordable housing projects into public-private partnership (P3) projects when we can be assured of getting more housing per tax dollar.
  • Expand the use of mixed-income housing that enables people, including seniors, to continue to reside in their communities, including allowing for the creation of innovative community options (more care at home, and new personal care homes with a maximum of 15 people for seniors who need more care than can be provided at home alone but who require less care than provided at supportive living facilities).
  • Terminate the inefficient NDP Building Communities of Care grant program and restore the Alberta Supportive Living Initiative to build more community care facilities for fewer dollars.
  • Ensure that local municipal bylaws and rules provide flexible and affordable housing options for seniors, including unrelated seniors who want to live together and support each other in a single dwelling, as provided for in Ontario’s Golden Girls Act.
  • Revise the Municipal Government Act as needed, to streamline the planning approval processes for affordable housing projects at the local level.
  • Seek an exemption from the Canada Home and Mortgage Corporation (CMHC) stress tests.
  • Encourage provincially-regulated financial institutions such as credit unions to return to pre B-20 mortgage underwriting standards, which are more appropriate for Alberta’s housing market.
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