Media Release

October 16, 2023

Provincial Government Launches Five-Point Plan to Improve Availability of Housing That is Affordable

The Provincial Government today introduced a five-point plan designed to increase the availability of housing that is affordable in Newfoundland and Labrador by helping stimulate private sector development and stabilize or reduce housing prices. Through the targeted actions, valued at more than $65 million, there will be upwards of 500 new housing options added to the market.
Similar to other jurisdictions across Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador is experiencing increased demand for housing that is impacted by a number of factors, including the province’s sustained growth in population, demographic shifts, and higher costs.
The new initiatives will incentivize the rapid construction of housing that is affordable and support the transition to home ownership. They include:

  1. Removal of the GST/HST on new purpose-built rental housing. This could potentially save developers hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the size of the build.
  1. A low interest financing program that will provide financing to assist in constructing purpose-built rental housing, including modular, or converting non-residential buildings into purpose-built rentals.
  1. Use of available Provincial Government-owned land and buildings for construction or conversion for purpose-built rental housing, including modular.
  1. A home ownership assistance program for first-time homebuyers with lower-to-moderate incomes who qualify for a mortgage to access the required downpayment to purchase a home. The program will also assist with closing costs of up to $1,500 to match the Federal First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit.
  1. A Secondary and Basement Suite Incentive, which will be a pilot project, whereby homeowners will be able to access a forgivable loan of 50 per cent of the cost of renovations, up to a maximum of $40,000 over five years.

These actions are in addition to the extra $3 million to repair and renovate approximately 143 vacant Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation units announced today, along with the more than 750 new public housing options that have been advanced over the last two years, and the $140 million record high investment in housing in Budget 2023. Through the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, the province has seen more than 2,000 individuals and families access permanent housing over the last two years, and expansion completed or underway of 165 emergency shelter beds 76 supportive housing units, and 12 second stage housing units, and shelter beds for women.
“Our government has set out on a course to improve the social and economic well-being of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Improving accessibility to housing that is affordable is a major part of that agenda, and through the five-point plan we launched today we are incentivizing the rapid construction of new housing options as we continue to increase the availability of public housing options as well.”
Honourable Dr. Andrew Furey
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
“Newfoundland and Labrador, like other jurisdictions across Canada and around the world, are all experiencing demand for safe, accessible, and affordable housing. Our government is rising to the challenge of support the more vulnerable people in our communities, as well as help meet market demand for affordable housing.”
Honourable Paul Pike
Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, and Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development
“We applaud the government’s continued commitment to stimulate new housing construction that will make housing more affordable and accessible in the province. We look forward to working closely with the government and our partners in the construction industry to ensure the work is executed with the highest standards of quality and efficiency. Together, we are building a stronger, more sustainable future for our province, where everyone can access safe and comfortable housing.”
Stephen Short
Vice-Chair and Executive Member, Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association
“As the advocate for the residential construction sector in Newfoundland and Labrador, we are thankful for our government’s continued efforts to address housing issues in our province. Providing Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with access to affordable and safe homes is vital. While there are many challenges with the current housing crisis, we are eager to collaborate with the province and our members to support initiatives which strengthen the residential construction sector and improve the quality of life for all residents.”
Alexis Foster
Executive Officer, Canadian Home Builders’ Association Newfoundland and Labrador


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