Affordable, appropriate housing elusive for new Canadians

Settlement workers urge new comers to be aware of their rights as tenants

By Surbhi Bhatia

Adequate and affordable housing remains one of the most serious concerns amongst the new comers in Canada.

A recent survey of 600 immigrants and refugees using settlement services in three major cities Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto finds that half of those surveyed reported living in crowded dwellings with hazards such as dampness and mould, broken plumbing, insect infestation and inadequate heat.

The study points out that one major issue with new immigrants is affordable housing. Since new comers are not settled in well-paying jobs they spend more than half of their money in rent.