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​​We want to continue making life better—every day. The City wants to work with The Province to find ways that make life more affordable for you. YYC Matters - supporting Calgarians guide​.

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Fund low income transit pass

Keeping all Calgarians moving

Fund affordable housing

A home for everyone

Alberta-based mortgage rules

Strong home sales, strong Calgary

Producers pay recycling fees

Save money, protect the environment

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Description: <p>We want to continue making life better—every day. The City wants to work with The Province to find ways that make life more affordable for you.</p> <ul> <li>60,000 Calgarians use the program</li> <li>425,000 passes sold</li> <li>To keep the program, we need a long-term funding commitment from The Province</li> </ul> ​

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Fund low income transit pass program

Keeping all Calgarians moving

We want to continue making life better—every day. The City wants to work with The Province to find ways that make life more affordable for you.

  • 60,000 Calgarians use the program
  • 425,000 passes sold
  • To keep the program, we need a long-term funding commitment from The Province

Question: Funding the Low Income Transit Pass

Provincial grant funding has enabled Calgary to offer fares better aligned with low-income Calgarians’ ability to pay through the Low Income Transit Pass (also known as the sliding scale pass). Since its implementation in 2017, the program has more than doubled in size and now serves over 60,000 Calgarians. Provincial funds are required to continue to offer the fare structure which ensures all Calgarians have access to the basic mobility necessary to help them access opportunities. Does your party commit to the extension of the provincial grant funds necessary to continue current approach to the Low Income Transit Pass?

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ContentBlockTitle: Increase funding for affordable housing

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Description: <p>Affordable housing is a necessity for many Calgarians. With provincial support, we can increase the number of affordable homes. </p> <ul><li>1 in 5 Calgarians need affordable housing </li> <li>15,000+ non-market homes needed—to meet Canadian average for urban centres </li> <li>Our sector is ready to build, with 5,500 units in the community pipeline</li></ul>

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Increase funding for affordable housing

A home for everyone

Affordable housing is a necessity for many Calgarians. With provincial support, we can increase the number of affordable homes.

  • 1 in 5 Calgarians need affordable housing
  • 15,000+ non-market homes needed—to meet Canadian average for urban centres
  • Our sector is ready to build, with 5,500 units in the community pipeline

Question : Addressing the shortage of affordable housing

1 in 5 households in Calgary are in need of affordable housing, yet affordable housing makes up only 3.6% of Calgary’s housing stock. An additional 15,000 non-market units are needed for Calgary to reach the national average for non-market housing supply in urban centers of 6%. Getting to the national average requires that we maintain existing units and build new units. Does your party commit to the maintenance funding required to keep existing doors open? Will you provide capital funding for new stock? How much? How many units? How will you leverage Calgary’s share of the federal investments committed in the $40 billion National Housing Strategy?

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ContentBlockTitle: Create Alberta-based mortgage rules

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Description: <p>Current mortgage &quot;stress tests&quot; are hurting first-time home buyers in Calgary.</p> <ul><li>National rules for mortgages were to cool down Vancouver and Toronto markets—we need localized rules </li> <li>From 2017-2018, there’s been a 15% drop in Calgary housing sales </li> <li>Alberta-based mortgage rules for credit unions support our real estate market</li></ul>

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Create Alberta-based mortgage rules

Strong home sales, strong Calgary

Current mortgage "stress tests" are hurting first-time home buyers in Calgary.

  • National rules for mortgages were to cool down Vancouver and Toronto markets—we need localized rules
  • From 2017-2018, there’s been a 15% drop in Calgary housing sales
  • Alberta-based mortgage rules for credit unions support our real estate market

Question : Making home ownership more attainable and supporting the local industry

Federal stress-test rules for mortgages were designed to address unstable real estate markets in Vancouver and Toronto, but may be contributing to the slowdown in the local Calgary housing market. Although credit unions in Alberta and ATB Financial are not required to adhere to the federal rules, these institutions have chosen to follow those rules to date. Does your party support the adoption of Alberta-based mortgage approval requirements and any changes to provincial law necessary to ensure that local institutions adhere to these rules?

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ContentBlockTitle: Manufacturers pay for recycling

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Description: <p>In most other provinces, producers cover the cost to recycle their paper and packaging waste.</p> <ul><li>We pay twice for recycling:</li> <ol type="1"><li>for recycling costs are already built into national products</li> <li>for Blue Cart costs</li></ol> <li>​If they covered this cost, it could potentially save Calgarians up to $30M/yr in Blue Cart costs<br /></li> <li>We need Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation- shifting recycling responsibility to producers</li> <li>All other provinces have EPR in place or underway</li></ul>

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Manufacturers pay for recycling

Save money, protect the environment

In most other provinces, producers cover the cost to recycle their paper and packaging waste.

  • We pay twice for recycling:
    1. for recycling costs are already built into national products
    2. for Blue Cart costs
  • ​If they covered this cost, it could potentially save Calgarians up to $30M/yr in Blue Cart costs
  • We need Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation- shifting recycling responsibility to producers
  • All other provinces have EPR in place or underway

Question : Eliminating the blue cart fee for Calgarians

Calgarians are double paying for recycling. Manufacturers are already pricing their goods to include the cost of recycling the packaging and Calgarians are charged a user fee for the blue bin collection program. Does your party support the introduction of extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation in Alberta in order to reduce waste and eliminate Calgarians’ blue cart fees?

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ContentBlockTitle: Addiction issues &amp; public safety

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Subtitle: Responding to the overdose crisis

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Description: <p>Mental health and addictions affect all Calgarians. We must continue to work with the Province, community members, and agencies to address complex issues facing at-risk Calgarians. All our citizens and communities must be safe and supported.</p> <ul> <li>An average of four Calgarians die every week from a suspected overdose</li> <li>Calgary has the highest rate of deaths due to overdose in our province</li> <li>Overdose deaths have happened in every Calgary community</li> </ul> ​

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Addiction issues & public safety

Responding to the overdose crisis

Mental health and addictions affect all Calgarians. We must continue to work with the Province, community members, and agencies to address complex issues facing at-risk Calgarians. All our citizens and communities must be safe and supported.

  • An average of four Calgarians die every week from a suspected overdose
  • Calgary has the highest rate of deaths due to overdose in our province
  • Overdose deaths have happened in every Calgary community

Question : Supporting Calgarians struggling with addiction and increasing public safety

More Calgarians died from accidental fentanyl overdoses in 2018 than from violent crime and motor vehicle collisions combined, while the prevalence of other dangerous street drugs, including methamphetamine, continued to increase. We must keep these citizens alive and help them start on the path to recovery while ensuring every Calgarian feels safe in every neighbourhood. What is your plan to address this crisis? Will you support and fund all four elements of the solution: prevention, enforcement, harm reduction and treatment? Will you commit to high-level representation on Calgary’s Mental Health and Addiction Strategy?

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