Source: U.S. Newswire
Everyone should have a place to call home, yet it is becoming increasingly challenging for many Canadians, especially young people, to find a safe and affordable place to live. That's why a key focus of Budget 2022 is making housing more affordable for young people in communities across the country.
The measures in Budget 2022 include:
- The Tax-Free First Home Savings Account, allowing first-time home buyers to contribute up to $40,000. Like an RRSP, contributions would be tax-deductible, and withdrawals to purchase a first home – including investment income – would be non-taxable, like a TFSA. Tax-free in, tax-free out.
- Doubling the First-Time Home Buyers' Tax Credit to $10,000 to provide up to $1,500 in direct support to home buyers. This will apply to homes purchased on or after January 1, 2022.
- Extending the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive to March 31, 2025, allowing first-time home buyers to lower their monthly payments.
- Helping Canadians save for and buy their first home by investing $200 million to help develop and scale up rent-to-own projects across Canada.
- Curbing unfair practices that drive up the price of housing, in order to level the playing field for young and middle class Canadians by imposing a two-year ban on foreign capital coming into Canada to buy residential real estate; taking steps to ensure property flippers pay their fair share of taxes; taxing all assignment sales of newly constructed and substantially renovated homes; and working with provinces and territories to develop and implement a Home Buyers' Bill of Rights and bring forward a national plan to end blind bidding.
- Putting Canada on the path to double housing construction over the next decade, including by investing $4 billion for the launch of a new Housing Accelerator Fund that will help create 100,000 new housing units over the next five years.
Budget 2022 proposes targeted and responsible investments to ensure more Canadians, especially young Canadians, have a safe and affordable place to call home. This is a key part of the government’s plan to make life more affordable, create jobs and prosperity today, grow the middle class, and build a stronger economic future for everyone.
- Budget 2022 proposes measures to fight homelessness and support housing affordability, particularly for the most vulnerable. This includes investing $475 million in 2022-23 to provide a one-time $500 payment to those facing housing affordability challenges; providing $1.5 billion to extend the Rapid Housing Initiative and create at least 6,000 additional affordable housing units across Canada; advancing $2.9 billion under the National Housing Co-Investment Fund to accelerate the creation of up to 4,300 new units and repair of up to 17,800 units for vulnerable Canadians; and providing $562.2 million over two years to continue to prevent and address homelessness through Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy.
- Budget 2022 proposes an additional $458.5 million to provide low-interest loans and grants to low-income housing providers through the Canada Greener Home Loans program. This funding will help make existing affordable housing more energy efficient, which will also help to lower energy bills.
- Budget 2022 proposes a Multigenerational Home Renovation Tax Credit that would provide up to $7,500 for Canadians to build a secondary suite that would allow a senior or an adult with a disability to move in.
- To expand co-operative housing in Canada by an estimated additional 6,000 units, Budget 2022 proposes to reallocate $500 million of funding from the National Housing Co-Investment Fund to launch a new Co-operative Housing Development Program, and reallocate an additional $1 billion in loans from the Rental Construction Financing Initiative to support co-op housing projects. This would be the largest investment in building new co-op housing in Canada for more than 30 years.
- Budget 2022 seeks to accelerate work in closing housing gaps for Indigenous Peoples by investing $4.3 billion over seven years to improve and expand Indigenous housing in Canada.
- Budget 2022 also proposes $150 million over two years, starting in 2022-23, to support affordable housing and related infrastructure in the North.
- The housing measures proposed in Budget 2022 build on the Government of Canada's National Housing Strategy (NHS), a 10-year, $72+ billion plan that will give more Canadians a place to call home and which is grounded in a human rights-based approach to housing.
- Since the creation of the NHS, the Government of Canada has committed over $24.2 billion to support the creation of over 91,000 units and the repair of over 209,000 units, and has provided affordability support for over 172,000 households. These measures prioritize those in greatest need, including seniors, Indigenous Peoples, people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and women and children fleeing violence.