Trudeau Fails To Build Homes Canadians Can Afford

After eight years of Justin Trudeau, fewer and fewer homes are being built for Canadians to live in. In 2022, Canada built fewer homes than we did in 1972 when the population was half of what it is today. Thanks to this Liberal Government’s inaction, affordable housing no longer exists in Canada.

Today, Trudeau’s own Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) confirmed that this problem is only getting worse. At a time when Canada needs to rapidly escalate housing starts, we now know that new construction in Canada’s housing market dropped by 7 percent in 2023, with a staggering 25 percent drop in single-family homes. The greatest drop was in Quebec, where housing starts are down 32.7 percent, however, the effects of this complete failure to build homes are being felt across Canada.

In Montreal, housing starts are down 37 percent, while London and the Ottawa-Gatineau region experienced drops of 35 percent and 20.1 percent, respectively. At the same time, Canada’s housing supply deficit hit a new record of only one housing start for every 4.2 Canadians entering the working-age population, according to the National Bank.

The cost of housing will only get worse if the Liberal Government continues to focus on photo-ops instead of construction. This is why Pierre Poilievre introduced his Building Homes, Not Bureaucracy Act, to increase incentives to municipalities that built homes while punishing municipalities that continue to stand in the way of development with NIMBY policies. 

Only common sense Conservatives will bring the solutions that Canadians need by bringing homes that they can actually afford.