“I am extremely pleased as this investment clearly demonstrates this government’s commitment to address a lack of affordable housing for those in Northwestern Ontario and throughout Canada.” – Nault
(OTTAWA) November 23, 2017 – The Hon. Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for the Kenora riding,on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, shared details of a 10-year, $40 billion National Housing Strategy to help reduce homelessness and improve the availability and quality of housing for Canadians in need.
“The lack of adequate housing has always been a major concern in the Kenora riding and, simply put, all Canadians deserve safe and affordable housing,” stated Nault. “I am extremely pleased, as this investment clearly demonstrates this government’s commitment to address a lack of affordable housing for those in Northwestern Ontario and throughout Canada.”
The National Housing Strategy is designed to meet the needs of Canadians, including seniors, Indigenous Peoples, survivors of family violence, people with disabilities, refugees, veterans, and the homeless. In response to calls from housing advocates, service providers and feminist leaders, the Strategy commits to ensuring that at least 25% of funds go to projects for women, girls and their families.
“With 1.7 million Canadians in need of housing we need to put forth our best effort,” added Nault. “This strategy sets out a long-term vision with unprecedented investments and new programs to deliver results for Canadians.”
The government has set the following goals:
- reducing chronic homelessness by 50 per cent;
- removing more than 530,000 households from housing need;
- creating four times as many new housing units as built under federal programs from 2005 to 2015;
- repairing three times as many existing housing units as repaired under federal programs from 2005 to 2015; and
- protecting an additional 385,000 households from losing an affordable place to live
Within the next year, legislation will be introduced obligating the federal government to maintain a National Housing Strategy and report to Parliament on housing targets and outcomes.
The federal government will work with provinces and territories to develop a $4 billion Canada Housing Benefit to be launched in 2020 to respond to local housing needs and priorities. It will provide an estimated average of $2,500 per year to each household recipient, assisting at least 300,000 families when fully implemented. The benefit will be delivered directly to households as a portable benefit they can use to help with the costs of housing.
- The National Housing Strategy – Canada’s first ever – was developed through consultations with Canadians from all walks of life: people who have experienced barriers to good housing, experts, stakeholders, think tanks, as well as provinces and territories and municipalities.
- Over the next 10 years, the Strategy will be in part, funded jointly by the federal, provincial, and territorial governments
- Investment under the National Housing Strategy includes:
- $15.9-billion for a new National Housing Co-Investment Fund
- $8.6-billion for a new Canada Community Housing Initiative in partnership with provinces and territories, and $500 million through a new Federal Community Housing Initiative
- $4-billion for a new Canada Housing Benefit to be launched in 2020 in partnership with provinces and territories
- $2.2-billion to reduce homelessness
- $300-million in additional federal funding to address housing needs in Canada’s North.
- $241-million for research, data and demonstrations.
- The Government of Canada is also working with Indigenous leaders to co-develop distinctions-based housing strategies with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation that will be founded on the principles of self-determination, reconciliation, respect, and cooperation.
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