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Building Affordable Rental Housing in Unaffordable Cities: A Canadian Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

  • Marion Steele

    (University of Guelph)

  • Francois Des Rosiers

    (Laval University)

Many Canadian cities are short of affordable rental housing. Waiting lists for low-income housing are years in length, and new-build construction of rental housing has fallen over the last two decades. This study proposes a better way to build more low-income housing in expensive Canadian cities. A made-in-Canada Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) could leverage private sector expertise in site location, building, and management to build more and better low-income rental housing.

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Volume (Year): (2009)
Issue (Month): 289 (May)
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Handle: RePEc:cdh:commen:289
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