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The National Housing Strategy can finally help rectify the core problems behind our affordable housing and homelessness crises. But only if we do it right.
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Budget 2017 earmarked a whopping $11 billion for housing and homelessness. There's no doubt this will have a big impact. However, these funds must not only build affordable housing, they must align with poverty reduction strategies and mental health and recovery initiatives if we are to truly reduce long-term homelessness.
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Budget 2017 proposes to invest more than $11.2 billion over 11 years in a variety of initiatives designed to build, renew and repair Canada's stock of affordable housing, and help ensure that Canadians have affordable housing that meets their needs. But so far it fails to address key market-related issues - again.
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Spring has sprung, and while spring season is normally an occasion to celebrate, with days growing longer, weather getting warmer and real estate heading into busy season, everything feels a little different this year. Canada's real estate markets are dealing with myriad of issues.
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Given the tenor of hate and division that surrounds us, here's an invitation to focus on something positive, and something achievable; something that will bring benefit to communities across the country, and build better health outcomes for all Canadians.
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Prospective homebuyers face a growing list of challenges -- from skyrocketing prices in Vancouver and Toronto, to soft conditions in Alberta, to another round of mortgage rule changes. But there are some good reasons 2017 is still a good year to buy a home in Canada.
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Canadians spoke loud and clear. They want a strong, collaborative national housing strategy to facilitate housing for those most in need, address the unique challenges facing indigenous peoples, eliminate homelessness, make housing more affordable and improve data collection, analysis and research.
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The recognition of housing as a human right by Minister Duclos' office could be the turning point -- not just for how we view housing, but for poverty and other economic rights violations as well. To see housing as a right looks beyond the physical structure of a shelter to a number of other factors: access to sanitation, location, and access to services or employment, community, security of tenure, and cultural adequacy, as well as other rights such as health, life and dignity.
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There's less than one week to go until the federal government tables its national housing strategy report on November 22, following months of consultations with the provinces and territories, industry experts and everyday Canadians. What will, or should, our national housing strategy look like?
The next several weeks are crucial in Canada's housing market. Ottawa's Let's Talk Housing initiative wrapped up consultations in late October, and is now working toward tabling the results on Nov. 22. But for anyone expecting a full-on housing policy on that date -- best not hold your breath.
Women's homelessness is a significant, yet often hidden, crisis facing this country. Research shows that for every person who is absolutely homeless, there are at least three more who fall into the hidden homelessness category.
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According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 12.5 per cent of all Canadian households experience an affordability crisis every day. Let me be clear -- this crisis is not limited to the real estate markets in Toronto and Vancouver. It is endemic and disproportionally affects low income working families, seniors, Indigenous people and recent immigrants. This is a large segment of our population that continually struggles to pay for the necessities of life.
A decade ago when I was considering a future in politics, one of the people I spoke to as I made up my mind was the former Mayor of Toronto David Crombie. He asked me why I wanted to run and my reply was blunt. I want to build housing. So I did.
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The evidence is clear. Social factors, like housing, income and wealth, educational background, and race are more powerful determinants of health outcomes than our behaviours, genes, or even the healthcare system itself.
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TORONTO — Activists from across the country are planning to use a United Nations review in Geneva next week to highlight what they see as Canada's lack of action on affordable housing, access to justi...
Canada is now fully entrenched in its goal to rescue 25,000 Syrian refugees. And while the timelines may be a bit longer than anticipated, the commitment is real and ongoing. Many issues confront government as they continue down the rescue path but possibly the most urgent is one of housing.
The recent flooding in Toronto has exposed much of the City's unpreparedness for a serious disaster. But what has been left out of the public debate on aging infrastructure, road closures and flooded subways is what happens to those who live on the streets?
A home is not a partisan issue. It is a basic human need, and a fundamental right. Homelessness and inadequate housing is a solvable problem for a rich democracy like Canada. Federal leadership is the only way to have a coordinated strategy across the country that ensures all the necessary stakeholders are at the table.