A Roof Over Our Head
We were already in a housing crisis when COVID exposed and increased the vulnerability of those without access to affordable housing, the dangers of under-housing, and the cruelty of homelessness. Disgracefully, it is people on the margins and intersections of society who are most negatively affected, including racially marginalized and Indigenous residents, newcomers, and women. Our rental housing crisis is neither random nor typical of the situation in other developed countries. Instead, it is due to deliberate policy choices – and neglect – by different levels of Canadian governments, egged on by large private sector landlords and investors. The way out of this mess is to hold governments accountable and insist that they act on behalf of Canadians, not big business.
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