Prime Minister Trudeau unveils Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy
Over the last few years, we spent time meeting with Canadians. And an issue that was raised time and time again was the lack of affordable housing for seniors, for women fleeing domestic violence, for those with developmental disabilities, for those living on the streets.
For many folks, having access to safe and stable housing was and is a major source of stress and anxiety. With that in mind, we listened, we consulted, and we mapped out a way forward.
Years of hard work have culminated in the National Housing Strategy: a robust, comprehensive, life-changing plan to help Canadians get into homes, and stay there.
The National Housing Strategy represents a once-in-a-generation, $40-billion vision of how we can protect the affordability of the current affordable housing stock in Canada, build four times as many units as the past decade, repair three times as many units as the past decade, and reduce chronic homelessness by 50%.
With this Strategy, the federal government is not only back in housing, but we’re here to stay for the long-term. I won’t get too into the weeds, but I do want to highlight a few elements of this plan that will have a tremendous impact for workers and families.
For starters, our government recognizes that housing rights are human rights. Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home, and we will introduce legislation to ensure that future governments continue to take steps to support access to adequate housing.