Plan calls for significant investments in affordable units and repairs to existing units
GREATER SUDBURY – All Canadians need and deserve housing that is safe and affordable. A
home makes Canadians feel more secure, making it easier to raise healthy children, pursue an
education, and gain employment.
Today, Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt and Paul Lefebvre, MP for Sudbury, on behalf of the
Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, shared
details of 10-year, $40 billion National Housing Strategy that will help reduce homelessness and
improve the availability and quality of housing for Canadians in need.
Across Canada, 1.7 million Canadians are in core housing need. To help address this, the
Strategy has set bold goals including:
- reducing chronic homelessness by 50 per cent;
- removing more than 530,000 households from housing need;
- creating four times as many new housing units as built under federal programs from 2005
- repairing three times as many existing housing units as repaired under federal programs
from 2005 to 2015; and
- protecting an additional 385,000 households from losing an affordable place to live.
The National Housing Strategy is meeting the needs of Canadians, including seniors, Indigenous
Peoples, survivors of family violence, people with disabilities, refugees, veterans, and those
grappling with homelessness. It will promote diverse communities and encourage the construction
of homes that are sustainable, accessible, mixed-income, mixed-use, and located near transit,
work, and public services. In response to calls from housing advocates, service providers and
feminist leaders, the Strategy commits to ensuring that at least 25% of funds go to projects for
women, girls and their families.
This Strategy – built by and for Canadians – sets a long-term vision for housing in Canada with
unprecedented investments and new programs that will deliver real results for Canadians working
hard to improve their quality of life.
This Strategy will focus on the needs of the most vulnerable through a human-rights-based
approach to housing. Within the next year, legislation will be introduced obligating the federal
government to maintain a National Housing Strategy and report to Parliament on housing targets
The federal 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. This will
be a significant new tool to address challenges of housing affordability in communities across the
country. It will provide an estimated average of $2,500 per year to each household recipient,
assisting at least 300,000 families when fully implemented. The benefit be delivered directly to
households as a portable benefit they can use to help with the costs of housing.
“The creation of a National Housing strategy simply reinforces that our government is committed to
making it easier for Canadians to find an affordable place to call home. This initiative will help
Canadians of all ages live with dignity. The National Housing strategy aligns with my Seniors
motion, M-106, which passed in the House of Commons this past May, it calls on the Federal
Government to develop a National Seniors Strategy. These are historic time in our country, real
positive change is in the making and I am very proud to work with a government who does not just
listens to the concerns of Canadians, but one who takes action.”
– Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt
“We promised the federal government would again play a leadership role in housing, and today we
are doing just that. Stakeholders in Sudbury have been waiting a long time for this strategy, and I
will be meeting with them in the coming days and weeks to discuss exactly how this new strategy
will be good for Sudbury.”
– Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury
“Our Government is establishing a federal leadership role in housing. The National Housing
Strategy will create a new generation of housing in Canada. It will promote diverse communities
and will build housing that is sustainable, accessible, mixed-income and mixed-use that will be
located near transit, work and public services.”- Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of
Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage
and Housing Corporation
- The National Housing Strategy – Canada’s first ever – was developed through
consultations with Canadians from all walks of life: people who have experienced barriers
to good housing, experts, stakeholders, think tanks, as well as provinces and territories and
- Over the next 10 years, the Strategy – which will be in part funded jointly by the federal,
provincial, and territorial governments – will help reduce homelessness and the number of
families living in housing need, and will help strengthen the middle class.
- Investment under the National Housing Strategy includes:
o $15.9-billion for a new National Housing Co-Investment Fund
o $8.6-billion for a new Canada Community Housing Initiative in partnership with
provinces and territories, and $500 million through a new Federal Community
o $4-billion for a new Canada Housing Benefit to be launched in 2020 in partnership
with provinces and territories
o $2.2-billion to reduce homelessness
o $300-million in additional federal funding to address housing needs in Canada’s
o $241-million for research, data and demonstrations.
- In recognition of the significant amount of new housing units to be built and repaired
through the federal Co-Investment Fund, the Strategy also includes ambitious targets to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and ensure accessibility in building design.
- The Government of Canada is also working with Indigenous leaders to co-develop
distinctions-based housing strategies with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation that will be
founded on the principles of self-determination, reconciliation, respect, and cooperation.
Marc Serré, MP Nickel Belt