Priorities & Choices is a new initiative to awaken citizens to injustices that impact on the social and economic well being of vulnerable individuals and communities.
Our Vision is to find ways for people of different faiths and backgrounds to ‘pull together’ for a more just society.
Our initial focus is in calling for an additional $5 billion per year for 20 years to address the crisis in low-rental housing due to 25 years of neglect.
In January 1994 the federal government cancelled new long-term investments in social housing. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is asking the federal government for $800 million per year for 8 years. After 25 years of having no National Housing Plan, this level of federal government funding is no where near what is required to address the current crisis.
One option to pay for increased funding for housing is to redirect spending from military spending. The Canadian defense budget was recently increased by 70% to $32 billion – with no public consultation? The federal government’s increase for environmental spending is 2%.
We need to ask how this increased military spending impacts on funding for humanitarian needs, such as climate change initiatives, education, transit, low-rental housing, child care, clean water projects, etc. Our particular focus is on housing.
Questions We Are Asking
* Why is there so little funding for housing for the most vulnerable in our society?
* Why is our government about to spend billions on 88 new fighter jets in the midst of a housing crisis?
If you are interested in exploring these questions with us, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Priorities & Choices
* The Canadian Defense Report – ‘Strong, Secure, Engaged’ – outlines in detail the increase of 70% in the defense budget over 10 years, and total defense spending of $553 billion over 20 years.
* A basic premise underlying our call for a shift in Priorities is that greatly increased funding is needed to provide low-rental housing for the most vulnerable in our communities. Redirecting $100 billion from military spending over 20 years is a good comparison of the additional funding that is respired to address the housing crisis being experienced by thousands of people on low incomes.
* This $100 billion in funding should be used to subsidize additional low-rental housing and low-cost home ownership, including co-op housing, non-profit models, and private low-rental housing.
Canadian Defense Budget: 70 per cent Increase and $32 billion in 2018