Hon. J. R. Nicholson (Minister of Labour):
Mr. Speaker, with the permission of the house I should like to table a new rental scale for public housing in Canada; and I suggest, if the house is agreeable, that it be appended to Votes and Proceedings.
I am not going to make an extended statement, but I think I should say that a number of provincial governments have expressed concern about the rent to income scale for public housing that has been in force in Canada without material change since 1962. Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation has given careful consideration to the matter, and the rent to income scale that I ask leave to table is the result. It provides for reductions in rent averaging $16 per month per unit.
I might say, Mr. Speaker, that Ontario, the province most directly affected by the new scale, agrees with the new scale and proposes to introduce it; and as I understand it, the responsible minister is tabling it this afternoon in the legislature in Toronto. The new scale is available immediately to all provinces wishing to adopt it in public housing projects.
Subtopic: TABLING OF NEW RENTAL SCALE FOR PUBLIC HOUSING