Housing and affordability are key issues at the Ottawa Center

One resident, Appoline Kalonji, said current housing policies target a select group of people who already have money or households with dual income.

I’m excited because I like people with me [groupe] with age, can afford to buy something as simple as housinghe explained.

Housing is important, it is one of the basic necessities of life. »

A quote from Appoline Kalonji, a resident of the Ottawa Center

The 36-year-old, a tenant for more than 10 years, said the pandemic has sharpened his focus on the affordability of essentials, but rising prices in the city center have led to down payment, he said.

Appoline Kalonji, 36, has been a tenant for 10 years and is very interested in accessing the property.

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The CBC spoke with constituents at the Ottawa Center. Many of them are saddened that the affordability of housing is a big problem in the constituency.

They also mentioned key issues such as health care, student debt, climate change and social assistance for the most vulnerable.

University of Ottawa student Tristan Létourneau said inflation and affordability were his top priorities for this campaign.

Reducing rents will be the top priority. »

A quote from Tristan Létourneau, student

The four major provincial parties are talking about increasing the supply of housing.

Liberals, New Democrats and Greens emphasize the rise of housing stock managed by nonprofits and co-ops outside of market prices.

The lack of money NPO

Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation is a NPO tenant-run, which owns 50 properties in the city.

Chief executive Sarah Button said while housing pressures in the Ottawa Center are reflecting broader trends in the province, it is also here that most new housing supplies are being built, with thicker infill buildings and taller towers.

Anyone looking for a home knows that doesn’t mean it’s affordable just because it’s full.said by CEO.

That’s why he said housing policy should meet the needs of people at different income levels, including those forced to make difficult choices because of the cost and quality of housing.

He added that NPO will benefit from faster approval of government funding for their projects.

Rent control is not enough, the activist said

The NDP, Liberals and Greens have promised to restore some sort of rent control, which the Ford government removed in new construction in 2018.

The Acting Director General ofAlliance to End Homelessness, Meg McCallummentioned that the existing rental stock was insufficient, even with rent control.

Honestly, the rent is pretty high now. Even if we control them at their current level, many people are unable to pay their monthly rent.

According to him, it is important to stop the loss of affordable housing due to the so-called adjustments – when a landlord evicts a tenant for sometimes superficial adjustments to raise rent – through tenant protection and landlord licensing.

What are the candidates saying?

NDP candidate Joel Harden said his party would expand rent control that would take place between tenancies to prevent eviction and create a rent register so people know what the previous tenant paid. .

He added that landlords can review their arrangements to see if they qualify for a rent increase.

They can then request a rent increase above the guideline, but that shouldn’t be automatic.explanation of the incumbent.

NDP MP Joel Harden.

NDP MP Joel Harden (file)

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The Liberals and Greens also said they would ask landlords to ask for rent increases for adjustments.

The NDPLiberals and Greens also propose to impose a vacant tax on developers staying on land where construction was approved instead of making housing available.

Liberal candidate Katie Gibbs said her party’s platform included the creation of the Ontario Housing Corporation to take over construction, which will build 10,000 affordable housing units in Ottawa.

Ms Gibbs said bringing the non-for-profit sector to manage housing very affordable is close to his heart.

It’s a way to get more affordable rent, but [les organismes sans but lucratif] also develop such an extraordinary sense of communityhe explained.

Someone is speaking into the microphone.  He was sitting behind an Ontario Liberal Party sign and in front of the people standing behind him.

Ontario Liberal Party candidate for Ottawa Center Katie Gibbs (archives)

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Green Party candidate Shelby Bertrand said her party wanted to fight the finances of the housing sector.

He added that their commitment to double social assistance for people in the Ontario Disability Support Program is also part of their housing policy.

These are the people who right now can’t yet afford the standard rent at the Ottawa Centerdid he say. These people are our priority.

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The Progressive Conservative candidate, Scott Healeyis not available for an interview.

In a debate hosted by local community associations, Healey said the removal of rent controls has helped increase rental supply in Toronto and Ottawa since 2018.

Affordable housing is a matter of supply. It’s not more law, it’s not more bureaucracy, it’s not more tax on people. It’s just a matter of supply and demand.he mentioned in the debate.

With information from Matthew Kupfer, CBC

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