Government Announces National Housing Strategy

This is the letter CARP Halton Chapter has received from Burlington MP Karina Gould providing more information about the recently announced National Housing Strategy.

Dear CARP Halton,

It is with great pleasure that I write to you today to reiterate our government’s launch of the National Housing Strategy. Our plan will provide support across the housing continuum – from homelessness, to supportive housing, to social housing, and rental housing.

I have been actively involved in the development of this strategy and I am tremendously excited to inform you of its launch. Since I started my journey to be your Member of Parliament, I have been engaging with co-ops, housing advocates and providers while working closely with the Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, and Parliamentary Secretary Adam Vaughn in the development of this strategy.

The National Housing Strategy was developed by listening to local, grass roots organizations that have worked to address the problems in Canadian Housing. I hosted a National Housing Strategy Round Table with MP Pam Damoff and MP John Oliver on October 12, 2016, where participants were able to highlight their concerns and discuss central themes such as flexibility, affordability, inclusivity, investment and policy.

These consultations played a central role in informing our government’s commitment to re-establishing its leadership role in housing, and taking a human-rights based approach with a gendered lens to ensure equality. The National Housing Strategy is focused on meeting the needs of Canadians, including seniors, women and children fleeing family violence, indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, those dealing with mental health and addiction issues, and young adults.

Our plan is a blueprint for:

 Reducing chronic homelessness by 50%;
 Removing more than 530,000 households out of housing need;
 Creating 100,000 new housing units;
 Repairing and renewing more than 300,000 housing units;
 Protecting an additional 385,000 households from losing an affordable place to live;
 Supporting more shelter space for survivors of family violence;
 Recognizing that women and girls are disproportionately impacted by housing need and that the type of housing barriers they face are unique.

A key part of the National Housing Strategy is the Canada Housing Benefit. Our 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. Once fully implemented, this benefit will assist at least 300,000 families, provide an estimated average $2,500 per year to each household recipient, and be delivered directly to households.

All Canadians deserve housing that is both safe and affordable. The National Housing Strategy will continue to improve the lives of those in greatest need, grow the middle class, and make Canada an even better place to call home.

For more information on the housing strategy or to watch Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement of the National Housing Strategy, please consult the following links found here:
Prime Minister’s Announcement
More about the National Housing Strategy
Who will the National Housing Strategy help?
How the National Housing Strategy will work

I am extremely proud of yesterday’s important announcement. Housing is at the core of ensuring opportunity and dignity for Canadians. This is an important step towards greater social inclusion for generations to come.

If you have any questions about our government’s launch of the National Housing Strategy, I encourage you to contact my office at (905) 639-5757 or email me at karina.gould@parl.gc.ca.

Sincerely,

Karina Gould Member of Parliament Burlington

Constituency Office

777 Guelph Line, Suite 209,Burlington, Ontario L7R 3N2

Tel: 905-639-5757 | Fax: 905-639-6031 | karina.gould.c1@parl.gc.ca

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

Tel: 613-995-0881 | Fax: 613-995-1091 | karina.gould@parl.gc.ca