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LISTEN: Mayor Jim Watson on 2022 federal budget: 'A good start' on tackling local housing crisis

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is praising the Trudeau government for putting a focus on housing in the 2022 federal budget, as the city grapples with what he calls a housing crisis.
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Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson celebrates the completion of construction on Rideau Street, August 17, 2021. Chris Kurys/ CityNews Ottawa

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is praising the Trudeau government for putting a focus on housing in the 2022 federal budget, as the city grapples with what he calls a housing crisis.

"I think it's a good start," Watson told CityNews' The Rob Snow Show on Friday, April 8. "We estimate - as you know with a lot of these budget items the devil is in the details - estimate about eleven-hundred to thirteen-hundred units annually can be built here in the nation's capital."

Watson also expressed support for language in the budget presentation concerning linking federal transit infrastructure funding to transit-oriented development, which is already a core planning principal in the City of Ottawa.

Listen to the full conversation with Jim Watson:

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