Joyce Murray

Your member of parliament for


Vancouver Quadra

Joyce Murray

Your member of parliament for


Vancouver Quadra

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MP Joyce Murray, Budget 2016: Funding research on Vancouver’s housing affordability crisis

July 10%er Budget 2016 PDF 2

Access to affordable housing is a cornerstone of a healthy community for residents of all ages and circumstances, which is why the Government of Canada has committed to developing a National Housing Strategy. In Vancouver Quadra the skyrocketing cost of housing in our city is a key of residents as it is hurting our families and neighbourhoods in a variety of ways. I believe all levels of government have a role to play. A year ago UBC Professor David Ley spoke at my MP Breakfast Connections explaining his research on the impacts of foreign investment in key housing markets. My meetings with the federal Housing Minister and with CMHC executives sought to reinforce the urgency of addressing Vancouver’s affordability crisis; and my consultation with three prominent academic researchers produced a set of potential federal policy solutions. Our new Liberal government has taken notice of Vancouver`s challenge. Budget 2016 dedicated $.5 million to Statistics Canada to improve relevant data collection; more importantly, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came to Vancouver in June to find out more from several dozen local experts at the consultation I co-chaired with MP Jonathan Wilkinson. The Prime Minister recognizes the need for federal policy action in coordination with other levels of government on measures to create fairer access to housing for local residents.