Endorsement quote: "The Starts With Home campaign platform is a clear and concise vision for tackling Ottawa's housing crisis. If elected, I would work to implement each of the platform's six actions. I am proud to stand beside the community leaders who are fighting to protect tenants, build affordable housing, and properly maintain existing stock."
|1. Stop the Loss||✔️Tenants Protections: "We cannot allow tenants to be pushed out of their rental units due to renovations or demolitions. Often, these practices cynically cite more or better housing units as a reason to evict existing tenants. As a city, we should be serious about the creation of more and better housing units, but tenants must be protected from evictions designed to increase profits, rather than living standards."||✔️Housing Acquisition: "I support taking housing off of the speculative market and keeping it affordable in perpetuity through non-profit providers, including Ottawa Community Housing. We can reverse the trend that treats housing as an asset for the rich, for shareholders, and for speculators. Instead, housing can be an asset for the public. It can reduce pressure on the private market, support those who need deep affordability, and generate revenue to build more non-profit housing going forward."|
|2. Create More||✔️Inclusionary Zoning: "There are two practices which I think this policy could help end. First is short-term affordability, where deals for affordable housing units are struck with private developers, but then expire after a certain amount of time. This is simply pushing an affordability crisis into the future, not fixing the structural issues causing it. The other practice is tying affordable housing to relatively arbitrary average income figures. What is affordable for someone making 20% below average income is not affordable for someone making 40% or 60% below. Affordability should be tied to a realistic estimate of what a resident can pay, which means tying it to income, with caps so that costs do not balloon if tenants get a raise."||✔️Increased Budget: "The city needs to house those who do not have other options. It is time we became more ambitious and raised the number to 1000, while using the rest of our policy suite to create permanent affordable housing. The crisis of homelessness in Ottawa is most certainly a racialized one. A For Indigenous, By Indigenous Housing Strategy could help stop some of the damage caused by colonialism, delivering a real housing option for low-income Indigenous residents."|
|3. Preserve the Quality||✔️Landlord Licensing: "A landlord licensing policy will help regularize the rental market in Ottawa. It will also provide visibility for city officials to better understand the housing situation across the city. Improving housing on the private rental market is also crucial, since it does represent the majority of rentals in the city. Small landlords that need support should not be left to sell their properties to REITs and other shareholder vehicles simply because repairs are expensive."||
✔️Ombudsperson: "Yes, in a city of more than one million people, it should be someone's job to ensure that residents have a right to housing. Ottawa deserves an advocate who can scrutinize our plans and help make sure we are on the right track. Elected officials sometimes tend to sweep problems under the rug. A Housing Ombudsperson would help bring the city's failures and successes to light."
Link to website: www.ethansabourin.ca