Affordable housing has meant all the difference for families and people of all ages and all walks of life. But in recent decades, our housing stock has aged and the federal government’s role in housing has diminished.
While the previous government backed away from affordable housing, too many Canadians struggled with homelessness or precarious housing, and a lack of quality affordable housing made it harder for families to get ahead.
We are providing Canadian families with affordable housing help through a new National Housing Strategy.
Our plan is a blueprint for:
- Reducing chronic homelessness by 50%.
- Removing more than 530,000 households out of housing need.
- Creating 100,000 new housing units: four times more than what the previous government did during the last 10 years.
- Repairing and renewing more than 300,000 housing units: three times more than what the previous government did during the last 10 years.
- Protecting an additional 385,000 households from losing an affordable place to live.
Our government is re-establishing its leadership role in housing, and taking a human-rights-based approach. The NHS is focused on meeting the needs of Canadians, including seniors; women and children fleeing family violence; Indigenous peoples; persons with disabilities; those dealing with mental health and addiction issues; veterans; and young adults.
A key part of the NHS is the Canada Housing Benefit. Our 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.
Once fully implemented, the Canada Housing Benefit will: assist at least 300,000 families; provide an estimated average of $2,500 per year to each household recipient; and be delivered directly to households.
We were elected to bring real change to Canadian workers and families. The National Housing Strategy is delivering that real change.