Week of November 27, 2017
A lack of adequate housing has always been a major concern in the Kenora riding. That’s why last week’s 10-year $40 billion National Housing Strategy announced by the federal government is so significant. This clearly demonstrates a commitment to address a lack of affordable housing for those of us living in Northwestern Ontario and throughout Canada.
Over the next decade, this strategy will help 530,000 families in need of a place to call home. To achieve this, we will start by providing housing to our most vulnerable Canadians. Additionally, we will take action to ensure that no one is ever refused a home because of their gender, religion, or background.
The federal government is also working with provinces and territories to develop a $4 billion Canada Housing Benefit which will begin in 2020. This partnership will be designed to respond to local community housing needs. The government has estimated an average of $2,500 per year will be provided directly to each household recipient. Once this new benefit is fully implemented, it will assist at least 300,000 families in need.
The Government of Canada is also continuing its efforts to tackle the chronic shortage of housing on many First Nations. Just this past August, $16 million was announced to build new homes in Treaty #3 communities in the Kenora riding. As part of this new strategy, we will continue working with Indigenous leaders to develop strategies with First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation based on the principles of self-determination. We are also working on an Urban Indigenous Housing Strategy to assist families living off-reserve.
I expect that these types of investments will have a positive impact right here at home, by assisting local organizations like the Kenora District Services Board, Aboriginal Housing Services, and others in fulfilling their mandate of providing housing to those in need.
I believe that this new National House Strategy marks a monumental step forward in solving the housing issues within our riding and throughout Northwestern Ontario.
Simply put, everyone deserves safe and affordable housing and I am proud to be part of a government that believes that everyone deserves a place to call home.
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