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Trudeau Vows 2-Year Ban on Foreign Home Buyers If Re-Elected

  • Housing affordability has become a central campaign issue
  • Conservative Erin O’Toole pledged to similarly crack down
A jogger passes waterfront condominium towers in Vancouver on Aug. 13.

A jogger passes waterfront condominium towers in Vancouver on Aug. 13.

Photographer: Jennifer Gauthier/Bloomberg
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to introduce a two-year ban on foreign home buyers to tackle housing affordability in Canada if he’s re-elected. 

The proposed restriction is an attempt to cool a housing market that has soared during the Covid-19 pandemic. Surging prices have become a central issue in the campaign for the Sept. 20 vote, in which Trudeau hopes to regain a majority in parliament, with all three major parties promising crackdowns.