Parties shop housing ideas for platforms with issue top of mind for

first_imgOTTAWA — Federal parties are preparing to chase voters with ideas for dealing with what a new survey suggests is a major concern across the country: Housing affordability.The ideas being shopped around to stakeholders in the housing sector include spending on certain groups, such as veterans, and more spending to increase the supply of lower-cost housing units to further cool housing prices.Sources who have heard the pitches, and spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, say the parties are still deciding how to pay for their ideas, even ones leaders have publicly pitched.The struggle with affordability and the price of housing in some markets is shaping up to be a key campaign issue.A survey being released today, conducted for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, suggests the cost of housing is seen as having the largest effect on quality of life in Canadian cities.The results of the survey from Abacus Data suggest that making housing more affordable is second only to improving roads and sewers as a priority for all levels of government.The Canadian Presslast_img

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