The NDP Party will be putting pressure on the Federal Government to meet promises made on affordable housing.
The Trudeau government has promised to spend 2.3 billion in two years to tackle affordable housing as a part of the 2016 budget.
Skeena Bulkley-Valley MP Nathan Cullen wants that promise met.
“This is a promise Mr. Trudeau made in his campaign; to get involved… but it’s been little starts…bits and pieces here and there…we’re looking for something a little more significant,” says Cullen. “We need the Federal Government to resume their role as someone who cares about basic shelter being a human right.”
The Liberals have promised 125 million yearly in tax incentives removing the GST on new capital investments in affordable rental housing.
There are plans for 15 new two-bedroom low income rental units for Smithers, with a proposed location and land set aside by council on the corner of 10th Ave. and Main St.
The Smithers Community Services Association are planning on building them, but are looking to the province to foot 20 percent of the estimated 3-5 million dollar cost.