Vancouver getting $51.5M, Surrey to receive $16M from Ottawa for low-income housing
The Vancouver skyline is seen at sunset in October 2020. (Jason Cole / submitted)
Roughly $80 million will be spread among three B.C. cities as the federal government unveils its $1-billion Rapid Housing Initiative.
The program was announced this morning and includes $500 million shared among 15 Canadian cities to help buy properties to build or renovate for low-income housing.
Vancouver receives $51.5 million, Surrey is in line for $16 million and Victoria gets $13 million, while Canada's largest city, Toronto, receives $203 million.
Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart welcomes his city's share of the cash, saying it shows the federal government supports municipal efforts to fight homelessness.