At a media conference today, Justin Trudeau announced that the government would be "immediately" giving $500 million to 15 cities across Canada as part of a new affordable housing initiative. Ottawa's mayor, Jim Watson, personally thanked him on Twitter.
Trudeau addressed the increase in homelessness across Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic, and revealed his plans to combat it.
“Now that the pandemic has made housing needs more acute, we are stepping up again,” he stated, adding: “Our largest cities face a growing need for affordable housing, we’re investing $500 million for immediate support for long-term housing for municipalities that have the highest demand.”
Thanks @JustinTrudeau for this critical investment of $31.9M in Ottawa. Merci au gouvernement fédéral pour l’inve… https://t.co/MHaLuJ6JVY— Jim Watson (@Jim Watson)1603819409.0
The country's capital received a contribution of $31.9 million, for which Jim Watson quickly expressed gratitude for.
Some of the other major cities and regions that received a piece of the pie were Quebec City, London, Hamilton, Waterloo, Halifax, Calgary, Peel, Montreal, Winnipeg, Surrey, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Toronto.
The money that Ottawa was given is a drop in the bucket compared to the $203 million that I set to be sent to Toronto, Canada's largest city.
The cities that made the list were chosen for having the highest number of renters and highest rates of homelessness.
Last month, the federal government pledged to inject $1 billion into the Rapid Housing Initiative, with the goal of building 3000 affordable homes.