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e-2826 (Social affairs and equality)

Initiated by Tim Richter from Calgary, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Canada has the opportunity to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • We cannot go back to a normal where over 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness every year and 1.7 million households are living in substandard or unaffordable housing;
  • 72% of Canadians support action to end homelessness and 84% support housing investment as economic stimulus;
  • The federal government's current target to reduce chronic homelessness by 50% within 10 years is not ambitious enough;
  • The government has yet to appoint the National Housing Council and the Housing Advocate, preventing accountability and oversight; and
  • The plan in Recovery for All would end homelessness, create over 500,000 jobs and would save taxpayers $18 billion.
We, the undersigned, supporters of adequate housing in Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to adopt the Recovery for All plan put forward by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, which includes:
1. Committing to the elimination of homelessness (with timelines and targets) and expanding federal investment in community-based homelessness responses;
2. Meaningfully implementing the right to housing to resolve inequities and systemic/structural breakdowns that contribute to homelessness and housing need;
3. Building a minimum of 370,000 new units of supportive and affordable housing and developing a new Homelessness Housing Benefit;
4. Stopping the loss of affordable rental housing to financialization by limiting purchases of distressed housing by large capital funds and supporting non-profit and public sector acquisition;
5. Putting in place a national guaranteed minimum income; and
6. Implementing an Indigenous led, urban, rural and Northern Indigenous housing strategy.
Open for signature
September 8, 2020, at 10:14 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
October 8, 2020, at 10:14 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Jenny Kwan (Vancouver East)
November 20, 2020 (Petition No. 432-00254)
Photo - Jenny Kwan
Vancouver East
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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