LONGUEUIL, QC, Jan. 15, 2019 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), held a round table on housing in Longueuil.
Several items were raised in the discussion, including the following:
- Affordable housing in the Montérégie area
- Construction of a greater number of units for seniors in outlying areas
- National Housing Strategy (NHS)
In addition to the discussions, Minister Duclos mentioned the importance of a human rights-based approach to housing. The NHS will set key initiatives in support of a human rights-based approach to housing, which include the National Housing Advocate, the National Housing Council, the Community-Based Tenant Initiative, a public awareness campaign and the tabling of a bill.
"Cities like Longueuil have a rich history and may experience unique issues in regards to housing accessibility. Through our initiatives under the National Housing Strategy, our government is committed to helping communities all across Canada."—Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
"Our government is committed to finding local housing solutions. Round tables, such as this one, are important tools to make our objectives under the National Housing Strategy a reality. Everybody wins when communication lines are open and we work together to find solutions."—Sherry Romanado, Member of Parliament for Longueuil–Charles-LeMoyne
- Since 2016, the Government of Canada has invested more than $1.3 million to help 1,500 families in the riding of Longueuil–Charles-LeMoyne.
- Canada's first-ever NHS is a 10-year, $40-billion plan that will give more Canadians a place to call home.
- Across Canada, there are still 1.7 million Canadian households in housing need.
- To help more Canadians access housing that meets their needs and that they can afford, the NHS sets out to achieve bold outcomes over the next 10 years, including:
- reducing chronic homelessness by 50%;
- removing more than 530,000 households from housing need;
- creating 100,000 new housing units, and repairing or renewing more than 300,000 others; and
- protecting 385,000 community housing units and creating 55,000 new ones.
- As Canada's authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. For more information, visit our website or follow us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.
- To find out more about the National Housing Strategy, visit www.placetocallhome.ca.
SOURCE Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
For further information: Valérie Glazer, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, 613-220-1841, [email protected]; Public Affairs, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, 514-884-7540