During the 2018 municipal election campaign, voters in Goderich heard a lot about the need for more affordable housing.
Many candidates for Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Council coupled the issue with economic development.
Among them was Myles Murdock, who was elected Deputy Mayor in October.
He sees the affordable housing issue as a way to attract and keep future new arrivals in town, who would work for employers like the 7Acres cannabis project and Bruce Power.
Murdock believes the current inventory of suitable homes isn't large enough to keep people from looking elsewhere to live.
He says affordable housing is not just a Goderich issue, and that nearby municipalities and the County of Huron also need to look at expanding their inventories.
Murdock says the town may have to look outside Huron County to bring new business and development to the area.
Once that starts happening, he predicts the need for affordable accommodation in Goderich and across the County will become obvious.