Joanne Vanderheyden says the pandemic has shown how dire Canada’s housing needs are and delaying spending because of competing demands for public spending is not an option.
She says the government can rely on existing programs that have proven successful during the pandemic to boost the supply of housing such as the popular and successful rapid-housing program.
That program gives cities money for quick construction of modular homes or to buy buildings that can be turned into affordable housing units.
The Liberals promised a reboot of the popular program as part of a political pact with the New Democrats made last month and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he expects to see something in the budget to that end.
Rising housing costs was a key issue for all parties during the last federal election and prices have continued to rise in the months since.