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View Stephanie Kusie Profile
CPC (AB)
Before I move to my questions, I want to bring a notice of motion to the committee, please.
View Stephanie Kusie Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you.
The motion reads, “That the committee call upon the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to appear before the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities before September 30, 2020, as part of our study on the government's response to COVID-19, and that they appear for no less than two hours.”
View Stephanie Kusie Profile
CPC (AB)
Well, as I understand, I can only provide a notice of motion today, given that it is not under committee business. However, if you deem it relevant under COVID-19 business, then certainly we can move to a discussion at this point.
Alternatively, as I did mention, this is the notice of motion. Given that we have witnesses here today, we can perhaps take half an hour aside or put some time aside for our next meeting, at which time we can discuss it.
View Stephanie Kusie Profile
CPC (AB)
Thank you very much.
Mr. Taylor, thank you very much for being here today. I'm sure you saw in the news recently that media had reported that CMHC will study the prospect of a federal home equity tax that would see residences taxed as capital gains. How would a home equity tax impact the housing market?
View Stephanie Kusie Profile
CPC (AB)
You talked in your opening statement about first-time homebuyers. Do you think a home equity tax would make it more difficult for first-time homebuyers wanting to enter and invest in the real estate market?
View Stephanie Kusie Profile
CPC (AB)
We talked a little bit about what you think the impact on the housing market would be. We often think of how the current Reaching Home plan does not consider moving people further along the housing continuum. How do you think the home equity tax would impact the housing continuum as a whole, in an effort to move people away from homelessness and along the housing continuum? Do you think an equity tax would have any impact on that, and how? Where do you see the pinch marks in that?
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Chair. I will be sharing some of my time with MP Vecchio.
I have just a quick comment regarding Mission, British Columbia, the community I'm in right now. The number of homeless has tripled from about 63 in 2017 to 178 in 2020, which is more than any other municipality in the Fraser Valley regional district. As a community, though, we are too small to qualify as an urban centre and too big under the rural stream for Reaching Home. In essence, we are the missing middle.
I just want to share with committee members that right behind me is actually the shelter where homeless people live. We don't qualify for that funding. I was pleased that Abbotsford got some. Mission really needs support too, but we don't get it.
I'll switch now to the mortgage brokers. I've heard directly from mortgage brokers regarding the Canada emergency business account. They have shared that the CEBA is being pegged against their mortgage debt when applying for a mortgage. In some cases it's impacting their ability to purchase a home.
Has your organization heard anything about this taking place?
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
As I understand it, the CEBA is not meant to count against someone's overall debt when applying for a home. Maybe we need to have a conversation with some of those local banks or credit unions.
That was really my only big question. I will turn it over to MP Vecchio unless you have another quick comment, Mr. Taylor.
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
That's very helpful. Thank you.
View Karen Vecchio Profile
CPC (ON)
I'm going to move over to Ms. McGee.
Ms. McGee, we know that in 2016 and 2018, point-in-time counts were done, and looking at those gives us an idea of what homelessness looks like. In 2020, of course, it's been postponed.
What kind of impact will that have on data collection, and what will we be able to do so that we have that coordinated response that you speak of?
View Karen Vecchio Profile
CPC (ON)
Okay. That's great to know.
When you're looking at first-time homelessness, I know that for many people who are unfortunately finding themselves without a home, it is for the first time and it is due to the pandemic. What does that look like, and are there any factors we should be looking at? Are there financial needs because of the pandemic, or is it something to do with a variety of addictions and other things that are occurring? What would you say is one of the biggest causes during this pandemic for increased first-time homelessness for people?
View Karen Vecchio Profile
CPC (ON)
Okay. I'm going to switch over very quickly to Paul Taylor.
Right now, what are you seeing on the trends when it comes to the first-time homebuyers getting into the market during this pandemic?
View Brad Vis Profile
CPC (BC)
I don't believe it's me, Mr. Chair. I believe it's Mr. Albas.
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mrs. Corriveau, thank you for your testimony.
Recently, the Government of Canada announced a one-time payment of $600 for people with disabilities to help with the additional costs they are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The government recently announced that this payment would not be made until the fall, several months after Canadians have felt the impact of COVID-19 on their expenses.
Based on your work, you have experience working with individuals living in low-income housing, some of whom may be experiencing financial hardship because of a disability. How important do you think it is that this tax credit be provided sooner than currently estimated by the Liberal government?
View Dan Albas Profile
CPC (BC)
I agree with what you're saying.
Based on what you have heard from individuals and families living in low-income housing and from your organization's perspective, what will the future concerns be in terms of providing people with decent living conditions?
Does FRAPRU have the resources to continue to provide assistance?
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