Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Commited to Improving Housing Outcomes for Canadians

FEDERAL, PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL MINISTERS COMMITTED TO IMPROVING HOUSING OUTCOMES FOR CANADIANS

June 28, 2016 – Victoria, British Columbia – Federal, Provincial and Territorial Housing Ministers

Federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for housing met today to discuss key priorities for housing in Canada.

Ministers agreed to move forward with a renewed federal, provincial and territorial collaboration in housing based on integrity, openness and respect. Ministers discussed the development of a National Housing Strategy and agreed that a long term vision is essential for meeting the housing needs of Canadians.

All Canadians have access to housing that meets their needs and that they can afford. Housing is the cornerstone of building sustainable, inclusive communities and a strong Canadian economy where we can prosper and thrive.

A National Housing Strategy to achieve positive outcomes for Canadians requires collaboration among many partners. Federal, provincial and territorial collaboration will:

recognize and respect each other's specific roles and responsibilities;
build upon and complement provincial and territorial strategies; and
recognize that flexibility and sustainability are required to address varied housing challenges, including those facing Indigenous people and Canada's North.

Canadians will be able to have their say online and through other consultations on a National Housing Strategy. Roundtable discussions with Indigenous and other communities, key stakeholders and housing experts will be convened by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) in the summer and early fall. Feedback from the consultations will be brought back to ministers when they meet again in the fall.

Quotes

“The National Housing Strategy will build on existing collaboration between federal, provincial and territorial governments and seek to achieve better housing outcomes for Canadians. We are eager to start consulting Canadians on a long-term strategy for housing in Canada.”

– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

“We are pleased that the federal government recognizes the provinces and territories as primary partners in housing. Our renewed collaboration will strengthen and support the work provinces and territories are already doing to achieve positive housing outcomes for our citizens. Working together to develop a National Housing Strategy will help reach our shared goal of making sure all Canadians have access to housing that is safe and affordable.”

– The Honourable Rich Coleman, Deputy Premier and Minister Responsible for Housing, Government of British Columbia

*While it shares a number of objectives with the other governments in the area of housing, Quebec indicated that it does not intend at this stage to subscribe to a National Housing Strategy, but would participate in the work regarding its development through information sharing.

Related links:

Let's Talk Housing (https://www.letstalkhousing.ca)

Media Contacts

Mathieu Filion
Director of Communications
Office of the Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
819-654-5546
mathieu.filion@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Charles Sauriol
Media Relations
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
(613) 748-2734
csauriol@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

BC Housing Contact

Paul Woolley
Communications Director
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Natural Gas Development Communications Office
(250) 952-0621
Paul.woolley@gov.bc.ca

NWT Housing Contact

Roya Grinsted
Communications Advisor
Strategic Planning, Policy and Communications
Northwest Territories Housing Corporation
(867) 767-9328 Ext.85023
Roya_Grinsted@gov.nt.ca