‘Local MPs were in the city to announce locally the federal government’s 10-year, $40-billion national housing strategy aimed at reducing homelessness and improving the availability and quality of housing in Canada.
The plan also calls for investments in affordable units and repairs to existing units in the city and region.
“Canada’s first ever national housing strategy 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 municipalities,” said Gould.
“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. Thank you to everyone in Halton who participated in the consultations that led to this historic announcement.”
According to a media release, the national strategy will focus on the needs of the most vulnerable through a human-rights-based approach to housing.
A $4-billion Canada Housing Benefit will be launched in 2020 to respond to local housing needs and priorities, and it will provide an estimated average of $2,500 per year to each recipient household, assisting at least 300,000 families when fully implemented, stated the release.
The benefit is said to help households with the costs of housing.’