Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Wednesday March 29, 2017
Housing affordability measures will be in spring budget: Ontario Finance Minister
Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa confirmed Monday he plans to include housing affordability measures in his upcoming budget.
Premier Kathleen Wynne has said her government is working on a “comprehensive set of plans,” to deal with rising home prices in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), as well as rising rental rates.
Sousa said he’d like to include those plans in the spring budget.
There is a “suite of options” available to Ontario, but the province must be careful to avoid “unintended consequences” from those measures, he said.
Sousa also spoke about pressures on both the supply and demand side of the GTHA housing market.
“Demand is high for a number of factors,” he said. “Could be speculators, could be people from outside the country, it could very well be the many who are now moving into Ontario creating that demand.”
“The degree of supply is in question and how to expedite that is also something we’re trying to address,” he added.
The housing package in the budget will concern the red-hot housing market in the GTHA, while taking into account different circumstances in the rest of the province, Sousa said. (Source: Globe & Mail)