While the BCGEU focuses on taming speculation-fuelled price increases, the Feds today released THIS $40B, 10-year plan to get back into housing. The plan is called the National Housing Strategy, (Canada’s first-ever national housing strategy).
Just like Canada, the plan is big, broad, complex and contains elements for the very different needs of very different communities. But there are a few new and powerful principles, like this one:
Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable home.
From the Minister’s preface to the plan:
To be successful, the NHS requires the collaboration and commitment of more partners than ever before, in a coherent, integrated and whole-of-government approach. The provinces and territories will, of course, be primary partners in the Strategy, but we will also work more closely with municipalities, the private and non-profit sectors, and others who share our goal of creating a new generation of housing in Canada.
We have set clear goals for the NHS, including removing 530,000 Canadian families from housing need and reducing chronic homelessness by half over the next decade. We will track and report on our success, and adapt our approach as needed as the Strategy unfolds. Our primary focus will be on meeting the needs of vulnerable populations, such as women and children fleeing family violence, seniors, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, those dealing with mental health and addiction issues, veterans and young adults.