Winnipeg marches for homes

The lack of rental property in Winnipeg prompted a march in the city Monday by the Right to Housing Coalition.

The group was protesting in West Broadway where there has been a focus on condo building that has made the area less affordable for low-income families, the group says.

The coalition has released a report calling for more social housing across Canada and one of its authors, Josh Brandon, told CBC News that the area used to be affordable, but that policies and tax laws are only encouraging more condos.

"Since 1993, the federal government has withdrawn from funding for social housing and being involved in providing housing for low income people in Canada," he said.

Conversions meant that a net 5,000 affordable homes were lost in Winnipeg between 1992 and 2012, according to CMHC data.

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