The Government of Canada is currently developing a National Housing Strategy. As part of the government’s consultation process, the Poverty Task Force provided an official submission that was informed by key stakeholders from our community with expertise in affordable housing & homelessness.
The PTF’s submission is available here: National Housing Strategy Submission. The submission calls on the Government of Canada to introduce a National Housing Strategy that focuses on:
- Ending homelessness
- Maintaining and supporting existing social housing units
- Increasing construction and supporting operation of new affordable rental housing
- Ensuring local flexibility for government funding and programs
- Coordinating among federal government departments that affect housing markets
- Developing plans for consistent annual funding for housing programs, indexed to inflation
- Developing clear transparent criteria for disbursing housing program funds to communities in need
Additionally, PTF Coordinator, Randalin Ellery, joined fellow housing leaders for “Housing on the Hill Day.” Attendees had a chance to hear from political leaders, visit with Members of Parliament, and network with politicians, all in an effort to help shape the National Housing Strategy.
Meeting w/ Parliament Hill staff. Photo courtesy of Nick Falvo, @nicholas_falvo
On November 22nd (National Housing Day), the Government of Canada will post the results of what we heard from Canadians here: https://www.letstalkhousing.ca/