The new year always seems to provide an opportunity to review one's plans in a new light. Maybe it's the weather with winter taking away the distractions of many outdoor activities, or simply the realization that another year has gone, that I find I'm looking at what I want to do from a perspective of what I have done. I continue to tweak my plan...
In the wake of the release of the National Housing Strategy and Premier Wynne's town hall meeting across the province to get feedback from the public, we have Tweeted this to build interest in our proposal under the ARTO program.
Message from the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
It is my great honour and pleasure to present Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy (NHS), an ambitious $40-billion plan to help ensure that Canadians have access to housing that meets their needs and that they can afford.
Bringing this Strategy to life has been a priority for the Government of Canada for the past 18 months. We are making historic investments in housing – and planning for transformational change – because we understand the value of home. Safe, affordable housing is a launch-pad for better socio-economic outcomes for our citizens, a more inclusive society where everyone has the opportunity to be well and to succeed, a stronger economy and a cleaner environment.
But for too many Canadian families, a decent home is simply not affordable. Across Canada, 1.7 million people are in housing need, living in homes that are inadequate or unaffordable. Another 25,000 Canadians are chronically homeless. This needs to change.
Building on investments announced in Budgets 2016 and 2017, the NHS signals a meaningful re-engagement by the federal government in housing. It is a key element of our Government’s plan to help strengthen the middle class, promote growth for everyone, and lift more Canadians out of poverty.
Important learnings emerged from last year’s Let’s Talk Housing consultations, and our Strategy is stronger for it. Now the work of implementing these ideas begins.