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Too small, too slow: critics slam Ottawa for tiered northern housing plan

By Marco Vigliotti      

The Liberals earmarked $300-million over 11 years for northern housing in this year's budget, but that's a lot less than what Nunavut asked for, and nothing will roll out until 2018-19. The feds, however, indicated money is already flowing north from last year's budget.

The office of Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says that the government is pumping funds into northern housing, noting that a recent $300-million housing pledge comes on top of nearly $97-million set aside in the 2016 budget.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The Trudeau government says the $300-million it earmarked for housing in Canada’s North in this year's budget will help to address the region’s severe housing crunch, though critics argue the allocation is too small and the planned rollout too slow to engender meaningful changes. "In the latest budget, they have acknowledged that there is...a housing crisis [but] instead of moving to fix those issues now, they are pushing a large part of the spending past the next election," Conservative

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