Opposition MLAs expressed concern over the lack of housing for the islanders Pi News

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Opposition MLAs on Prince Edward Island are concerned that migrants from other parts of Canada are negatively impacting the local housing market for islanders.

According to PEI’s Department of Community Development and Housing, there are 64,000 apartments in the province, of which more than 5,000 have mailing addresses outside of PEI.

“It’s not immigrants or anything like that. A lot of people who recognize that this is a wonderful place for PEI, we sell it that way,” Green MLA Michael Beaton said following the department’s explanation. An assembly standing committee on Wednesday discussed housing speculation.

“We need to make sure we support the islanders who live here and those who come to make sure they have the services they need.”

That means look at the houses on the island and the people who live here to see if it is affordable.

‘Two way concept’

Ryan Pineau, provincial tax commissioner for finance, said: “We are doing everything we can to find data sources and meet various stakeholders.

Beaton worries that most of the new rental units under construction in PEI will not be really affordable when they come on the market. (Tony Davis / CBC)

“We have begun to hold sessions with our municipal partners for non-essential two-way feedback in the past on impacts at the municipal level.”

Rising housing costs are pushing islanders out of unincorporated areas and forcing them to compete for land development with farmers who need land for farming.

You ask if a farmer can buy an acre of land for less than $ 7,000, and you will find it hard to find a farmer who can do it.– Michael Beaton

“We have a lot of people moving out of municipal boundaries. More understandably, but it’s putting a lot of pressure on agriculture and farming farmers,” Beaton said.

“You see today, you ask if a farmer can buy an acre of land for less than $ 7,000. You will find it hard to find a farmer who can do that.”

Department officials acknowledged that this was a feature that should not be ignored.

“Where growth is taking place is an important part of the debate,” said Nigel Burns, director of economics, statistics and federal finance relations for the finance ministry.

128 affordable units are being built

Burns told the team he and his colleagues were not in a good position to talk to those results. One thing that needs to be looked at is whether pushing people into rural and unconnected areas will contribute to a more small development situation in municipalities, Burns suggested.

Officials from PEI’s housing department say 1,300 units need to be added to the market each year to keep pace with population growth. (Tony Davis / CBC)

Although there is ongoing housing development in the province, Beaton said he is concerned that when most rental units come on the market they will not be really affordable.

According to the Department of Housing, 128 units will be built in the next two years through the affordable housing scheme. However, department officials said 1,300 units need to be added to the market annually to be the leader in PEI’s strong population growth.

Beaton is concerned that the provincial population growth strategy will not be included, as it aims to add an additional 10,000 residents to the PEI every five years, he said.

Officials said the Department of Housing plans to provide more robust PEI data next year through the Canadian Housing Statistics Program.