Habitat for Humanity Ontario Caucus at Queen’s Park for HST Relief

Posted: 04-Mar-2024

Every brick laid, every nail hammered, and every affordable home sold represents a step towards stability and security for families in the Peterborough & Kawartha Region. However, amidst the soaring housing prices and the pressing need for affordable housing solutions, the burden of HST threatens to undermine these efforts.

Did you know that for every home we build and sell to families in the Peterborough & Kawartha Region, we pay $51,000 in HST? By wavering HST, for every 5 affordable homes we build, we could provide an additional one to support another local family in need of a hand-up to homeownership.

On February 27th, 2024, our CEO, Susan Zambonin joined other members of Habitat for Humanity – Ontario Caucus, a group that represents 24 independent local Habitat organizations, at Queen’s Park to ask members of parliament to provide HST relief for non-profit homeownership in the wake of the unprecedented housing affordability crisis.

HST relief to non-profit builders like Habitat for Humanity could represent less than 0.1% of total government revenue from home sales, yet have a significant impact on the number of families we can serve. Working together, we can remove barriers and unlock the benefits of homeownership for working families to create a more equitable region – at a time when it is needed most.

Thank you: Aislinn Clancy (MPP for Kitchener Centre), Adil Shamji (MPP for Don Valley East), Ross Romano (Chief Government Whip and MPP for Sault Ste Marie) & Laurie Scott (MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock).

Photo with Aislinn Clancy, MPP for Kitchener Centre

Photo with Adil Shamji, MPP for Don Valley East

Photo with Ross Romano, Chief Government Whip & MPP for Sault Ste Marie

Photo with Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock