Justin Trudeau’s Canada is one where people that work full-time still can’t afford rent.
The government has come under fire for failing to properly regulate the rental market, according to a report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
Minimum wage workers do not make enough money to afford rent in any of the Canadian provinces.
In Ontario, the minimum wage is $15.65, whereas the hourly wage needed to comfortably afford a one-bedroom rental is $27.54.
The report lays blame at both the federal government and the provincial governments for failing to craft policies that protect renters.
Vancouver and Toronto are the worst culprits: even two full-time minimum wage workers cannot afford a one-bedroom unit without spending more than 30 per cent of their combined income on housing.
The discrepancy between the rental wage and the minimum wage is such that, in most Canadian cities, minimum-wage earners are extremely unlikely to escape core housing need.
They are likely spending too much on rent, living in units that are too small, or, in many cases, both.
The leader of the Conservative Party, Pierre Poilievre, lays the blame for Canada’s housing crisis on Justin Trudeau, pointing to his “inflationary spending and taxes.”
Poilievre is committed to fighting “big city gatekeepers” and to creating more affordable housing for Canadians.
This plan includes selling off 15% of the federal government’s 37,000 buildings and turning them into affordable housing.
Poilievre plans to incentivize cities to build more homes, and penalize cities that fail to increase home-building by handing them substantial fines.
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