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The British Columbia government has signed a deal with Ottawa that will see nearly a billion dollars injected into affordable housing across the province over the next decade.

The provincial and federal governments say more than $990-million will be spent on building, repairing and expanding social housing and supporting housing affordability.

A joint news release says both levels of governments will share the costs, and the agreement will be supported by funding that starts on April 1, 2019.

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The deal is part of a $40-billion national housing strategy unveiled by the federal government last year, which includes funding from the provinces and territories.

Federal Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos has previously said the strategy will reduce homelessness and take 500,000 Canadians out of housing that is either unaffordable or inadequate.

B.C. introduced a 30-point plan earlier this year that will spend more than $6-billion on affordable housing over the next decade.

“This agreement will help more British Columbians find homes they can afford,” B.C. Housing Minister Selina Robinson said in a news release.

Duclos said the agreement is part of the federal government’s national goal.

“The government of Canada is committed to ensuring that every Canadian has a safe and affordable place to call home,” he said in the release.

“Long-term, predictable funding for housing has been needed for more than a decade.”

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