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File: 292-30/HOU-2017-70825

March 27, 2017

Sent via email:

Dear Bob Mackin:

Re: Request for Access to Records
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA)

I am writing further to your request received by the Ministry of Natural Gas Development and
Minister Responsible for Housing. You requested:

Regarding the figures contained in the Dec. 15, 2016 news release - New program partners with
first-time homebuyers as they enter the housing market: A report that explains and justifies the
methodology for the statistics included, such as the reasoning behind the estimates of the
program costing $703 million over three years for 42,000 first-time buyers; The choice of
$37,500 or 5% of the purchase price as maximums; The choice of five payment-free years on a
25-year loan. (Date Range for Record Search: From 11/01/2016 To 12/31/2016)

Please be advised we normally respond to a request within 30 business days after its receipt.
However, in limited circumstances, this time limit may be extended under section 10 of FOIPPA,
a copy of which is enclosed. A complete copy of FOIPPA is available online at:

Your request requires consultation with a third party or other public body. We are extending the
legislated due date by an additional 20 business days which will allow the Ministry to provide
you with a complete response to your request. Therefore, the new response due date is now May
10, 2017. We will respond sooner if possible.

If you have any questions regarding your request, please contact Bradley Cranwell, the analyst
assigned to your request, at 250 952-6846. This number can be reached toll-free by calling from
Vancouver, 604 660-2421, or from elsewhere in BC, 1 800 663-7867 and asking to be
transferred to 250 952-6846.

Ministry of Finance Information Access Operations Mailing Address: Website:
PO Box 9569 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9K1 Telephone: 250 387-1321
Fax: 250 387-9843

You have the right to ask the Information and Privacy Commissioner to review this decision. I
have enclosed information on the review and complaint process.


Bradley Cranwell, FOI Analyst
On behalf of Ken Bejcek, Manager
Resource Team, Information Access Operations