Nina Tangri Gives her First Interview After Becoming Ontario’s Associate Minister of Housing
Parvasi Media Group had an exclusive conversation with the newly appointed minister.
Nina Tangri has been appointed as Ontario’s new Associate Minister of Housing of Ontario. In a tweet shared on Friday evening, Tangri said, “Pleased to announce that I have been sworn in as the news Associate minister of housing. Thank you to @forndnation for his confidence and I look forward to working diligently to deliver on our plan to build Ontario.”
Parvasi Media Group had an exclusive conversation with the newly appointed minister and the transcript of the telephonic interview is as follows :
Prabhnoor Kaur: Congratulations on your new role! We know that housing is one of the most critical ministries, and it’s a pride for the entire South Asian community to have you as Ontario’s Associate Minister of Housing.
Nina Tangri: Thank you so much, it’s a pleasure to join you today.
Prabhnoor Kaur: What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the housing sector in our country and how do you plan to address them?
Nina Tangri: So believe the biggest issue that we face right now is the supply. There’s just not enough housing for the number of people we have. Even though we’re 40% of the population of Canada, in Ontario, we do take between 50% to 60% of the new immigrants and the largest number of international students and everybody who’s looking to purchase their first home. So as children grow up and move out of their parents, and get married, they’re looking for their first home. So the supply of the housing is our biggest issue right now. So that’s what our government is focusing on, getting more housing supply, which means building more housing.
Prabhnoor Kaur: What role do you think technology and innovation can play in improving access to affordable housing? And how do you plan to harness these tools to achieve your goals?
Nina Tangri: That’s a great issue. So, technology today, compared to what it was decades ago, is so significantly higher. So, for example, we have environmental assessments, phase one, and phase two, and there are numerous studies that need to take place. So you’re harnessing today’s technologies while we’re doing all of these studies, let’s do them all at the same time. Let’s get it zoned faster. And with these new tools, things can happen so much faster and people should be able to be online to check the progress of anything that they’re applying for, whether it’s permitting the zoning issues and just to stay in touch with each other. I think that’s just so important that we harness all of the latest technologies today’s world. We’re also harnessing artificial intelligence as well to work out the algorithms for us to see how much housing we will potentially be in the future. We’re using this technology today, and as it progresses, we’ll use more technology going forward.