An overwhelming majority of Canadians say finding a solution to affordable housing issues is important.
A survey by Habitat for Humanity across Canada and the US found that 9 in 10 believe that answers to homeownership barriers are required especially as home prices continue to escalate.
The poll reveals that 84 per cent of Canadian respondents believe that housing costs will go up in the next five years, greater than the 72 per cent of Americans who said the same.
"In many ways, housing is an invisible crisis. There are still too many families without access to safe, secure and affordable housing," said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. "This survey highlights the value all of us place on a decent place to call home and underscores the critical need to increase access to affordable housing.
Around 80 per cent of all respondents said that having affordable, stable housing contributes to public health, community safety, economic growth and education.