Ottawa, Ontario reach deal on funding for housing after months-long dispute

According to a joint statement issued last week, the deal will involve a revised action plan from Ontario that includes additional data and insights on which housing projects benefitted from provincial investment.

Ontario and Ottawa say they’ve reached a deal under the national housing strategy that will unlock $357 million in federal funding for the province. New homes are built in a housing development in the west end of Ottawa on Thursday, May 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Ontario and Ottawa say they’ve reached a deal under the national housing strategy that will unlock $357 million in federal funding for the province.

The announcement comes after months of back and forth between the two levels of government over Ontario’s affordable housing targets.

Ottawa had said it would withhold some affordable housing funding from the province because it didn’t meet its targets and had an inadequate action plan.

Instead, the federal government said it would bypass the province and give the money directly to municipalities.

Ontario, on the other hand, had argued the federal government wasn’t counting its progress properly.

A joint statement issued May 28 says the deal involves a revised action plan from Ontario that includes more data and insights as to which housing projects benefitted from provincial investment.

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