New report shows who gets hurt most by Canada's housing crisis

    OTTAWA, Nov. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - A detailed report on the almost
1.5 million Canadian households without acceptable housing shows that renters,
new immigrants, lone parent families, young adults, the elderly, and
Aboriginal households are hardest hit by the lack of affordable housing. The
report, released today by the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada
(CHF Canada), also shows the greatest housing need is in the three territories
and in British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Ontario.
    "Behind the housing statistics are real people who pay the price for
Canada's lack of affordable housing," said Nicholas Gazzard, Executive
Director of CHF Canada. "This report tells us who those people are and where
the problem is worst."
    Written by economics researcher Will Dunning, the report, entitled
"Dimensions of Core Housing Need in Canada," looked at the most recent housing
data (2001) from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. It uses the CHMC
definition of "Core Housing Need," which considers a household to be in need
if its housing falls below at least one of the standards of adequacy,
suitability or affordability (costs more than 30% of before-tax household
    Renters account for 68.1% of core housing need. Lone-parent families have
a rate of 30%, double that of other Canadian households. Immigrants have
higher rate of need than non-immigrants; for those households who have
recently arrived in Canada, the rate is triple that of non-immigrants. Rates
are also high among those 15-24 and those over 75. Across Canada, the
incidence of core housing need for Aboriginal households in 78% higher than
that for non-Aboriginals.
    "This report paints a human picture of why we need to maintain the
federal investment in community housing," said Sharon Chisholm, Executive
Director of the Canadian Housing Renewal Association. "It's a first important
step toward resolving the core housing need that affects so many Canadians."
    The Dunning report indicates that affordability is the most common
difficulty in finding acceptable housing, with more than 89% of the
1.5 million households claiming it as a problem. In his report, Dunning
writes, "While the total housing need problem in Canada is quite large, Canada
as a society can afford to address these problems."
    The full text of the report and a backgrounder is available on the CHF
Canada website at

    The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada is the national voice of
the Canadian co-operative housing movement. Its 1030 members and associates
include nearly 875 non-profit housing co-operatives as well as organizations
that are closely linked with housing co-operatives.

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For further information: interviews and regional/provincial data : Joan
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