Original language of petition: English
We, the undersigned residents of Canada, draw the attention of the House of Commons in Parliament Assembled to the following:
Whereas, Every year, an an estimated 235,000 people in Canada experience homelessness.
Whereas, The Government of Canada's committment to reduce homelessness by 50% over 10 years would still leave 117,500 Canadians homeless each year.
Therefore, We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada call upon the House of Commons to take immediate action by:
The Government of Canada is committed to helping those who are in need and believes that one homeless Canadian is one too many.
The National Housing Strategy Act, now passed into law, represents a historic milestone for housing in Canada. With the National Housing Strategy Act, the Government of Canada has enshrined the right to housing into law, and is ensuring that the housing concerns of vulnerable Canadians are heard at the highest levels of government. Since taking office in 2015, we’ve invested nearly $13 billion in Canada’s housing sector, and helped more than 1 million Canadians find a place to call home.
The housing policy of the Government of Canada recognizes that the right to adequate housing is a fundamental human right affirmed in international law and recognizes that housing is essential to the inherent dignity and well-being of the person and to building sustainable and inclusive communities. Moreover, the Government of Canada’s housing policy furthers the progressive realization of the right to adequate housing as recognized in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
The National Housing Strategy Act requires the federal government, and future governments, to develop, maintain and report on a National Housing Strategy that prioritizes the housing needs of the most vulnerable and takes into account key principles of a human rights-based approach to housing.
The National Housing Strategy Act creates a Federal Housing Advocate and also establishes a National Housing Council. Together, they will help identify systemic barriers to accessing affordable housing and advise the Government on housing policy in Canada.
A description of all the functions and mandates of the Federal Housing Advocate and the National Housing Council can be found in the text of the National Housing Strategy Act.
As part of the National Housing Strategy, a total investment of $2.2 billion over 10 years was announced to expand and extend funding for the federal homelessness program.
On June 11, 2018, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development announced that Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy would replace the Homelessness Partnering Strategy on April 1, 2019.
This plan to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada introduces bold changes to federal homelessness programming and supports the goals of the National Housing Strategy, particularly to support the needs of the most vulnerable Canadians and to reduce chronic homelessness nationally by 50% by 2027–28.
In collaboration with other orders of government and the non-profit sector, the Government of Canada is supporting community-level efforts to prevent homelessness where possible and, when it does occur, ensure there are well-managed, efficient systems in place to address it.
Specifically, through Reaching Home, the Government of Canada:
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