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The Marguerite Ford Place, a social housing project on West 2nd Avenue, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, September 10, 2013.
The Marguerite Ford Place, a social housing project on West 2nd Avenue, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, September 10, 2013.
(Rafal Gerszak/The Globe and Mail)

How Ottawa’s surpluses count on cuts to social housing

Fifty-year mortgages are unheard of now, but in the late 1960s and early 1970s, that was how Ottawa paid for social housing.

In neighbourhoods like Vancouver’s Gastown and Winnipeg’s Willow Park, there was a flurry of construction meant to help Canada’s poor. The period produced about 200,000 projects and some successes, but also built some of the concentrated social housing that can ghettoize the people the government was trying to help.