Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took questions at a press conference on Monday he said that his government's immigration policies have been a key contributor to Canada's housing crisis.
"Population growth in this country hasn't been matched by an equivalent growth in housing supply," said Trudeau, in British Columbia.
Recent statements by the prime minister indicate that there will be no reduction in immigration targets, however. The Trudeau Liberals intend on adding 400,000 new residents in 2022 alone.
Trudeau told reporters in Hamilton that the pandemic slowed immigration, despite Canada actually setting a record of 401,000 new permanent residents coming to Canada last year.
"Two years, almost, in which Canada had closed its borders because of COVID-19 created challenges and backlogs and delays in getting in the labour force that we need, getting in the new Canadians that we need to build the future," he said.
"The Department of Immigration is working incredibly hard, with some of the most ambitious targets Canada has ever seen, over 400,000 new Canadians to be coming in this year." said Trudeau.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland has made similar statements to the one Trudeau made on Monday. While taking questions at a press conference on affordable housing, Freeland said "the most fundamental fact is our population is growing faster than our supply of housing, it's just a problem of numbers, and of math."
"As a country, we want to be a growing country, and it's great that we are a growing country," she said, but said that more homes needed to be built.
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