Federation of Canadian Municipalities asks for more affordable housing
The Canadian Press (2021) reported this month that the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is asking the federal government to include $7 billion in its upcoming budget for cities and housing providers to buy disused properties and quickly turn them into affordable housing. All West Island cities and boroughs are members of FCM where they are advocating for municipalities to be sure their citizens' needs are reflected in the federal’s Rapid Housing Initiative. The initiative is looking to be expanded into two streams: one with dedicated funding for over a dozen big cities, the other with money put for grabs for projects that will have to be completed within 12 months of federal officials giving the green light for funding (Press, 2021). This funding has the potential to change housing affordability in the West Island now and in the future.