The cost of living in Canada is out of control. The cost of buying a house in Canada has doubled since 2015 and market prices are still going up. How are Canadians who want to buy their first home supposed to do so unless they come from a family who has money?
The average house in Canada is priced at $816,720, the smallest down payment for a mortgage would be $40,836 (5%). The average income of a Canadian is $55,700 (the median market income of Canadian families and unattached individuals), even if you earned this amount (double minimum wage for a full-time employee in Ontario) it would take several years to save that amount. Some Canadians are lucky, and they live in areas where the average price of a home is considered affordable.
Unfortunately, many of these areas have cheaper housing because they lack sufficient employment options or service infrastructure (transit, internet, etc.). If you want to live where the jobs are you are going to pay more – a lot more.
Canada needs to suspend all non-essential immigration and foreign ownership. A high demand for housing creates higher costs. We need several years to catch up on the backlogs we have created. This is achieved through the expedited approval of quality affordable home construction including the development of multi-family dwellings (row housing and apartment buildings). This increased construction effort will allow those who are already in Canada to, hopefully, find an affordable place to live.
By significantly reducing the immigration numbers to only economic immigrants (plus their immediate family, spouse and children under 18) we can lessen the current unsupported demand for housing. The proactive blocking of foreign ownership of Canadian property, for example the purchase of a seasonal vacation home, will further reduce the demand on housing. Expedited quality residential construction approval and a sensible reduction in immigration will ensure that development and construction companies are able to keep up with demand. A reduction in the housing shortage will ease the pressure felt by homebuyers and renters to pay exorbitant costs for housing and a cooling of market prices, to reasonable numbers, should occur.
In September 2021, I campaigned as an Independent candidate in Canada's 44th Federal Election for the riding of Huron-Bruce. I placed 5th with a total of 509 votes (0.9%). It is my intention to run as an Independent candidate in Canada's 45th Federal Election in 2025.