Two weeks ago the federal government launched their National Housing Strategy and the prime minister said housing is a human right. Long awaited in the GTA and cities across Canada experiencing an acute housing crisis, critics say it doesn’t go far enough and doesn’t build very much new affordable housing. While this new initiative might be a good first step, there was a time in the recent past when Canada boldly created new housing.
Okotoks Mayor Bill Robertson said he’d like to see more multi-family homes, such as Skotoko Place Co-op in the Downey area, included in future town development.
Okotoks town council is taking steps to try to find ways to bring more affordable housing to the community.
TVO brought together MP Adam Vaughan and Toronto Councillor Maria Augimeri to examine social housing in urban and suburban settings.
The federal government’s new national housing strategy means an immediate reprieve for dozens of co-op housing buildings and a boost for projects already under way in a province that is in the midst of a crisis in affordable housing.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently unveiled details of the federal government’s national housing strategy, a 10-year, $40-billion initiative that will look to collaborate with provinces and municipalities in developing programs that target homelessness and improve access to affordable housing for Canadians in need.
As Canada reviews its current housing crisis, it will be necessary for us to go back to the basics. We need to answer the question of what housing is supposed to achieve and whether as a nation we place priority on it as a home, or as a source of wealth and speculative investment.
The lead administrator of the district social services board is “more than cautiously optimistic” the federal government’s new National Housing Strategy will lead to money for new units in Thunder Bay.
The Wellesley Institutes’s Senior Researcher Greg Suttor gives his take on the National Housing Strategy.
On Nov. 22, the federal government released their long-awaited National Housing Strategy (NHS), marking a return of federal leadership to the housing sector after a four-decade absence. The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness welcomes the strategy, including its critical investment in the affordable housing and leadership in articulating a right to housing for all Canadians.
Steve Seaman considers himself lucky to live at the Castlegreen Housing Co-operative. “I think anybody that gets into a co-op is lucky,” said Seaman. “It is really affordable housing and it’s a community within a community.”
With the announcement of his national housing strategy on Wednesday, Justin Trudeau has signalled the return to an era of federal housing responsibility—a bygone legacy of his father’s.
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) President Jenny Gerbasi issued this statement after the federal government released its national housing strategy today.
Housing co-op Havre du Petit Village is profiled on the government’s website for the National Housing Strategy. A newer 100-unit seniors’ co-op in Quebec, Havre du Petit Village is lauded for their community-building that enhances the lives of the members.
Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) applauds the federal government’s announcement of a first ever National Housing Strategy that includes the protection of low-income members of housing cooperatives.
Jim Mandolin spoke about how his near-death experience led to a decision to change his life. For many years he feared falling back into homelessness, but for the past 25 years Mandolin has found housing security and a community in a housing co-op in Vancouver. He became a husband and father and has published two books.
Co-op housing makes an incredible amount of common sense today. We need more of it, not less of it.
In fact, we hope all three levels of government will step up and work toward creating more co-op housing. Co-op housing is about community, not investment speculation. And we’re always better off with people who want to create communities in our city.
A Burnaby housing co-operative is unsure what the future holds for its subsidized residents. Some funding agreements between the federal government and co-ops across the country are scheduled to end next March, including one at Post 83 Co-Op on Mayberry Street, where 45 low-income households rely on subsidies to pay the rent.
The strategy is expected to meet most of what Campaign 2000 asks for in its annual report: a portable housing benefit paid directly to tenants; an Indigenous housing strategy; and a program to build new affordable housing and repair existing units.