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High Income Earners See Social Housing Rents Raised: CTF

July 21, 2014 11:15 AM | News

Colin Craig

Colin Craig with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation speaks to reporters at the Manitoba legislature on Friday, April 19, 2013. (BERNICE PONTANILLA / METRO WINNIPEG)

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation praised the Manitoba government for raising the rents on high-income earners who were utilizing social housing meant for low-income earners.

Last year, said prairie CTF spokesperson Colin Craig, the CTF released documents that showed more than 30 high-income earners were living in Manitoba Housing units. Craig said new documents show the Manitoba government raised the rents for those people, however, they were unable to move the people due to rules through the Residential Tenancies Act.

“We’re glad the government looked into the situation and raised rates on high-income earners in social housing to encourage them to leave,” said Craig. “The government should change one of its laws so that it can force high income earners out, and free up space for low income people, but raising the rates is a good start.”

The rents were raised in excess of current market rents, said the government.

— Staff