Housing & Homelessness
In November 2017, the federal government released A Place to Call Home, Canada's first national housing strategy. It contained ambitious targets to create more affordable housing, adopt a rights-based approach to housing, and reduce chronic homelessness by 50% by 2027-2028.
In April 2019 the federal government rolled out its new homelessness strategy. Reaching Home is designed to support the goals of the National Housing Strategy, in particular, to support the most vulnerable Canadians in maintaining safe, stable and affordable housing and to reduce chronic homelessness nationally by 50% by 2027–2028.
In June 2019, the federal government passed the National Housing Strategy Act, which establishes housing policy for Canada, and creates the Federal Housing Advocate and the National Housing Council.
The Public Affairs Office participated in the development of the national housing strategy through a series of public consultations. Copies of those submissions can be found here.
In our submissions to federal policy makers, we advocated for the following:
- Creation of a National Housing Council
- Creation and appointment of a Federal Housing Advocate
- The adoption of a rights-based approach to housing