WINNIPEG — A taxpayer watchdog is calling on the province to examine its government housing after discovering high-income earners living in Manitoba Housing developments.
Colin Craig, the prairie director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, said the province is not being forthcoming with explanations as to why some tenants earning north of $100,000 a year are still living in Manitoba Housing.
A freedom of information request submitted by the CTF showed two tenants were earning over $130,000 a year, with the highest earner at $153,648.
"I think we have two big concerns," Craig said. "One is the cost of building this social housing the government is talking about ... when in fact it looks like there could be room for improvement with their existing social housing. And the second concern is you have government housing but it's being used by high-income earners and that could be keeping more legitimate, low-income people out of the system."