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Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'll be directing most of my questions to Mr. Gladstone, but before I do, I will say that I was keenly interested in the project that was outlined by Chief Patrick Michell of the Kanaka Bar Indian Band. I was wondering if there was a project overview or outline that talks about the project that could be sent to this committee? We'd like to hear about successful projects and how they might be reflected in the funding.
Are you able to make that information available to us?
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Lib. (ON)
If it's replicable, maybe that could be utilized as some of the framework.
Mr. Gladstone, in budget 2022 the government explained that the housing accelerator fund would be focusing on increasing supply with “the creation of 100,000 net new housing units over the next five years”, but “government supports will be targeted to ensure a balanced supply that includes a needed increase to the supply of affordable housing.”
In your opinion, how should the government define “affordable housing” in the context of the new fund? Should it be housing that is targeted to moderate-income, lower-than-market income or low-income families? You've used the term “deeply affordable housing”. How would we be able to define those?
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Lib. (ON)
You mentioned 10%. Would you see that as 10% being a specific carve-out of the fund to fund units or projects that are deeply affordable, or would you see that as requiring 10% of every project that is financed to have deeply affordable components within those projects?
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Lib. (ON)
Is there a risk of a project like that being stigmatized, and how would you overcome that?
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Lib. (ON)
What barriers do non-profit and for-profit housing developers face in creating accessible housing?
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair. I will be sharing my time with Mr. Coteau. If you could stop me at two and a half minutes, I'd appreciate that.
My question is for Ms. Heron.
What criteria do you think should be used to determine which municipalities can access the building funds, that is, either the municipality or their housing service providers? I know there are different needs in different municipalities. There was a suggestion that these funds could be distributed on the same basis as the gas tax distribution.
What are your thoughts on that, and what should the criteria be? What should the measurable, achievable, realistic and controllable goals be that the municipalities should sign on to in order to be eligible for those funds?
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Lib. (ON)
I wonder if Mr. John or Mr. Thorne could answer that question, as well.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair. I've agreed to share my time with Mr. Morrice, so I would ask that you interrupt me at two and a half minutes.
I have two questions, and I would ask the respondents to be very brief.
First, Mr. Bourque, you talked about the “missing middle”. Just briefly, what type of housing stock is that? Is it semis, rentals...?
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Lib. (ON)
That's very perplexing. Thank you.
My next question is for you, Mr. Morrison. I like the idea about acquiring other properties. You were saying that this fund should deal with not just the federal lands, but that there should be a provision in this to acquire other properties, such as school properties, municipal properties, etc.
Are there any examples you could provide, Mr. Morrison, that have been effective?
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Lib. (ON)
Your suggestion is that the funds from the accelerator be utilized to acquire land from other levels of government in order to advance the federal project. Is that the intent?
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Lib. (ON)
Mr. Chair, how many seconds do I have left?
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Lib. (ON)
All right. I'll cede my time to Mr. Morrice.
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Lib. (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Firstly, thank you, Minister, for sharing your thoughts with us here today.
I'd like to build on the reference to other countries. We've heard that increased demands for passports is an issue in many countries around the world, and others are facing similar situations. According to The Guardian, the U.K. passport office is advising that passport wait times have tripled and clients should plan accordingly. According to ABC in Australia, officials have also warned clients to expect longer than normal processing times. It seems that our counterparts are also grappling with this.
Could you please add some international context to what we're seeing here in Canada with passports? What does the scale of the demand and our response look like in comparison?
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Lib. (ON)
I'd like to build on the issue around the expedited process that was introduced. There are risks and benefits to this new process. For example, are there any considerations related to security? What impact has the introduction of the new process had on processing times? What are the risks that might be related to that?
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Lib. (ON)
I'll cede the last few seconds of my time.
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