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Progress on the National Housing Strategy

Canada’s National Housing Strategy is a 10-year, $72+ billion plan that will give more Canadians a place to call home. Progress on the programs and initiatives under the strategy are updated quarterly. 

Federal NHS Initiatives and Investments

Key Highlights:

  • $22.12 billion in commitments made to support:
    • The creation and repair of 188,494 units (95,035 new units and repair to 93,459 units).
    • 132,904 units are currently under construction or have been repaired/built.
    • The continuing availability of 34,743 community housing units (FCHI Phase II) where operating agreements expired, through direct supports for 6,287 low-income community housing units.
Create New/Modernize Existing Housing Supply
Initiative Launch Date Funding Target Progress to Date
Affordable Housing Innovation Fund September 30, 2016

$208.3 million over 5 years

Phase 1 had a goal to create 4,000 affordable housing units using innovative business approaches and building techniques.

 

CMHC has completed the first round of funding by committing $208.30 million to support the creation of 19,100 units, of which 16,572 will be affordable.

15,000 units are financial commitments and 4,141 units are currently under construction or built.

 

Rental Construction Financing Initiative April 20, 2017 $25.75 billion over 11 years

Construction of more than 71,000 new rental housing units across Canada.

 

CMHC has committed $13.55 billion to support the creation of 38,266 units, of which 26,987 will be affordable. Of the 38,266 units, 12,479 are conditional commitments, 25,787 are financial commitments, and 18,365 units are currently under construction and 5,402 units are built.

 

National Housing Co-Investment Fund May 2, 2018 $13.17 billion over 10 years

Create 60,000 new housing units and repair or renew 240,000 housing units

CMHC has committed $5.76 billion to support the creation of 23,785 new units (15,787 affordable) and the repair/renewal of 93,459 units ( 86,039 affordable).

Of the $5.75 billion, $3.58 billion are loans and $2.17 billion are contributions/forgivable loans.
 

 

New Units

Of the 23,785 new units, 7,203 units are conditional commitments, 16,548 units are financial commitments, 12,379 units are in progress, and 4,203 units are built.

 

This includes commitments to make available 2,193 shelter spaces, 5,437 senior units, and 724 units for people with developmental disabilities. 

 

Repair/Renewal Units

Of the 93,459 repair units, 6,913 units are conditional commitments, 86,546 units are financial commitments, 66,810 units are in progress, and 19,736 units are repaired/renewed.

This includes commitments to repair/renew shelter spaces, and 42,636 senior units.
 

Rapid Housing Initiative

October 27, 2020

Rapid Housing Initiative Phase 1 and 2 provided $2.5 billion over two years starting in 2020-21.

Rapid Housing Initiative Phase 1 and 2 set targets to create over 7,500 affordable housing units.

Under Phase 1 and 2, CMHC has committed $2.50 billion to support the creation of 10,249 new affordable units.

Under the Major Cities Stream, CMHC signed 51 agreements were with municipalities totalling $997 million. This funding is creating 3,747 affordable housing units, of which 3,084 units are currently under construction and/or built.

CMHC committed $1.44 billion through the Project Stream, supporting the creation of 6,372 units, of which 4,186 units are currently under construction and/or built.

Of the total units committed between the two streams, 4,246 are for Indigenous peoples, 2,522 are for homeless people or those at risk of being homeless, and 1,301 are for seniors.

*Please note that the numbers may change over the course of the project and final numbers will be available only at project completion. 

 

Federal Lands Initiative February 11, 2019 $202 million over 10 years Create 4,000 housing units by transferring surplus federal lands and buildings to housing providers at low or no cost.

CMHC has committed $110.34 million to support the creation of 3,669 units, of which 1561 will be affordable.

Of the 3,669 units, 2,364 units are conditional commitments, and 1305 are financial commitments.

Data available as of June 30, 2022


Regional Breakdown of Federal NHS Supply Initiatives

The breakdown includes the latest results for the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund, the  Rental Construction Financing Initiative, the  National Housing Co-Investment Fund, the Federal Lands Initiative and the  Rapid Housing Initiative. It includes commitments for loans and contributions for new and repaired units.

These programs are application-based with funding prioritized for non-profit, co-operative, municipal, provincial and Indigenous applications.

Through these five federal NHS supply programs, $22.12 billion has been committed in new and repaired housing units across Canada.  

Region British Columbia Alberta Prairies & North Ontario Quebec Atlantic
CMHC Funding Commitments in $M $6,465M $808M $949M $10,510M $2,500M $842M
CMHC Units Committed 31,977 5,984 4,621 123,057 19,029 3,900
National Housing Co-Investment Fund:
Units/beds Committed to Shelters and Seniors
3,259 1,128 1,242 42,568 2,725 465
Rapid Housing Initiative: Units/beds Committed to Seniors - 210 - 322 763

Data available as of June 30, 2022

Partnerships from all levels of government as well as private and non-profit sectors are a central feature of the federal NHS supply initiatives. Current investments reflect applications received where public and private sector partners have come together to respond to the housing needs of Canadians.



How progress is tracked

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation tracks and reports on progress at four different phases:

  1. Conditional Commitment: funding is earmarked to support the building or repair of units of whose formal project agreement is still subject to final approvals and conditions (letter of intent is signed);
  2. Financial Commitment: formal loan agreement is duly executed and a binding agreement is reached to provide credit under pre-specified terms and conditions  (letter of agreement is signed);
  3. Construction/Repair Underway: in the process of being built or repaired; and
  4. Completed: built or repaired.
Funding to Support the Community (Social) Housing Sector
Initiative Launch Date Funding Target Progress to Date
Federal Community Housing Initiative (FCHI) April 1, 2018
(Phase I)

September 1, 2020
(Phase II)

$618.2 million over 10 years

 

Support of 55,000 community housing units, through funding 11,000 low income units, plus an additional 2,700 low income units, announced in budget 2021, with operating agreements under federal administration through CMHC.

Phase I subsidy extensions expired on Aug 31, 2020 and supported 25,706 households, representing a total investment of $42.26 million.

Phase II so far has provided $43.46 million in rent assistance to 6,287 low-income units, supporting 34,743 community housing units. 

Community Housing Transformation Centre (CHTC)

and

Sector Transformation Fund (STF)

April 11, 2019

 

December 2019

$64.2 million over 9 years

 

 

 

Increase knowledge and technical capacity of the community housing sector to support effective and sustainable business models while continuing to provide affordable housing.

Funding and tools for housing providers to support efficient and effective business models.

CHTC is set up as a non-profit organization, with an Executive Director and Board of Directors established in June 2019.

$20.5 million has been provided to the CHTC to setup operations, cover operating and program-eligible costs, and provide funding to 188 STF applications.

 
Community Based Tenant Initiative (CBTI) December 2019 $10 million over 5 years

 

Funding for local organizations that assist people in housing need to enable participation in housing decision-making.

98 CBTI applications have been approved for funding.

$7.8 million has been funded.

Data available as of June 30, 2022

Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy*
Initiative Launch Date Funding Target Progress to Date
Reaching Home* April 1, 2019 $3.1 billion over 10 years
 
  
Reduce chronic homelessness nationally by 50% by March 2028. Redesigned federal homelessness program launched on April 1, 2019.

Over 1,200 projects were launched in the first six months of Reaching Home

$215 million in annual funding is expected to be delivered by the end of 2021-22.

*Program was led by Employment and Social Development Canada, and transferred to Infrastructure Canada as of April 1, 2022.

Data available as of June 30, 2022

Improving Homeownership Options for Canadians
Initiative Launch Date Funding Target Progress to Date
Shared Equity Mortgage Provider (SEMP) Fund July 31, 2019 $100 million over 5 years Assist 1,500 first-time homebuyers and assist in the creation of 1,500 new homeownership units $28.95 million committed to assist in the creation of 1,018 new homeownership units.
First-Time Home Buyer Incentive September 2, 2019 $1.25 billion over 3 years Assist up to 100,000 first-time homebuyers CMHC has approved 16,874 applications, representing $302.4 million in Shared Equity Mortgages.
First-Time Home Buyer Incentive by Region
Region British Columbia Alberta Prairies & North Ontario Quebec Atlantic
Approved Applications (#) 559 5301 2375 1065 5939 1634
Funded Applications (#) 533 4982 2238 1031 5576 1553
Approved Shared Equity Mortgages ($) $10,810,565 $112,576,808 $38,027,004 $19,473,387 $99,984,110 $21,599,067
Funded Shared Equity Mortgages ($) $10,181,804 $106,133,380 $35,505,855 $18,883,326 $93,817,399 $20,342,836

Data available as of June 30, 2022

Human Rights-Based Approach to Housing
Initiative Launch Date Description Progress to Date
National Housing Strategy Act N/A The Act recognizes the right to adequate housing as a fundamental human right affirmed in international law. The Act will require the federal government to maintain a National Housing Strategy to further housing policy, taking into account key principles of a human rights-based approach to housing, and report to Parliament every three years on the progress towards the Strategy’s goals and outcomes. Tabled in Parliament on April 8, 2019, as part of Bill C-97, and received Royal Assent on June 21, 2019.  The NHS Act came into force on July 9, 2019.
National Housing Council  November 22, 2020
The Council, with diverse representation, will further housing policy by providing advice to the responsible Minister on, among other things, the effectiveness of the National Housing Strategy with the aim of improving housing outcomes.

On National Housing Day, November 22, 2020, the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development launched Canada’s first National Housing Council and appointed its members. The Council met nine times since being established. The Council has a work plan for 2021-2022 including three priority areas: 1) Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Housing, 2) Improving the National Housing Strategy and 3) Urban, Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing (URN) Indigenous Housing. Research reports for each of these priorities have been published and a first set of recommendations on Urban, Rural and Northern Indigenous housing was sent to the Minister in March of 2022. 

Federal Housing Advocate 2020 The Federal Housing Advocate is an appointment by the Governor in Council and supported by the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The Federal Housing Advocate’s mandate includes consulting with members of vulnerable groups and working directly with communities affected by systemic housing issues. The Advocate may request that the National Housing Council establish a review panel to hold a hearing to review any systemic housing issue within federal jurisdiction. The Advocate also monitors and reports annually on their findings related to systemic housing issues that they hear about and associated recommendations.

On February 3, 2022, the Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion announced the appointment of the new Federal Housing Advocate Marie-Josée Houle.

Read the Honourable Ahmed Hussen’s statement.

The Federal Housing Advocate's 2021-2022 Annual Report summarizes the Advocate’s activities and proposes 6 recommendations to address systemic housing issues.

Data available as of June 30, 2022


Data, Innovation & Research

$541 million will be invested in new data collection tools, demonstration projects, Housing Supply Challenge and solution labs, and efforts to spur more housing-related research, within and external to government, to help diversify information sources and perspectives.

A total of nine new Data, Innovation and Research initiatives were launched in 2018 to better understand housing needs, conditions and markets, and to fill data gaps and inform decision-makers.

 

Innovation
Initiative Launch Date Funding Available Target Progress to Date
Solutions Labs May 21, 2018 $24.5 million over 10 years Support experts and housing stakeholders to incubate and scale potential solutions to housing affordability pressures. $10.2 million to support 47 solutions labs fostering innovation in the housing sector.
Demonstrations Initiative May 21, 2018 $12.5 million over 10 years Support demonstrations of forward-looking technologies, practices and strategies that explore the future of housing in Canada. $7.0 million to support 40 demonstration projects.
Housing Supply Challenge October 23, 2020 $300 million over 5 years The Housing Supply Challenge (HSC) invites citizens, stakeholders, and experts from across Canada to propose innovative solutions to the barriers that limit the housing supply. The Housing Supply Challenge will result in new ideas and solutions that will help more people find an affordable place to call home.

First round of the Challenge launched in October 2020; 21 of the 136 applications underwent evaluation and 14 funded projects were announced in October.

The second round of the Challenge, which launched June 9, 2021, received 166 applications. A shortlist of 29 was announced in November, final funded solutions will be announced in August.

The third round of the Challenge launched in February 2022. 187 applications were received in June; a shortlist will be announced in August. The fourth round of the Challenge is targeting a mid-October launch.

Data available as of June 30, 2022

Capacity Building
Initiative Launch Date Funding Available Target Progress to Date
Housing Research Scholarship Program Spring 2018 $3.65 million over 10 years Funding for Postdoctoral Fellowships to help build housing expertise in Canada. $2.16 million in scholarships awarded for 24 postdoctoral fellowships to conduct research in support of the NHS.
CMHC Housing Research Award Program April 2018 $500,000 over 10 years Promote and extend world-class housing research.

Awards ceremonies held in November 2018, December 2019, November 2020 and November 2021.

14 awards and 4 travel bursaries for a total of $190,000.

 

Collaborative Housing Research Network July 12, 2018 $13.9 million over 10 years Canada-wide collaboration of academics and community partners in research to inform housing policy decision-making. $640,000 awarded to 8 Partnership Development Grants ($80,000 each) to help lay the foundation of the Network.

Research Network created by supporting 6 multi-year team grants. Investment for first 5 years is $7.9 million.

Data available as of June 30, 2022

Thought Leadership
Initiative Launch Date Funding Available Target Progress to Date
NHS Research and Planning Fund June 18, 2018 $6.6 million over 10 years Support non-profit housing stakeholders seeking to undertake housing related research. $3.7 million has been awarded to 30 research proposals.
NHS Housing Needs Data Fall 2018 N/A Enhance data collection and analysis, development of new housing surveys and comprehensive database with social, economic and financial information to produce housing statistics.

2 New Surveys created to better understand housing conditions and experiences in Canada, including for those living in social and affordable housing.

Creation of foundational documents necessary to initiate a mortgage industry data standards organization in Canada Survey of Non-Bank Residential Mortgage Lenders to get a more complete picture of the overall Mortgage Market in Canada Progress towards the building on a database of all social housing across Canada Initiated building of a database on residential evictions

Data available as of June 30, 2022

Enabling/Connecting
Initiative Launch Date Description Progress to Date
Expert Community on Housing (ECOH) November 21, 2018 Web-based virtual community of practice for housing experts to address challenges and problems in housing Currently hosting over 1750 members with ongoing intake of new members.
National Housing Conference 2018 Annual conference to bring together experts. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic continues to pose challenges for planning an in-person National Housing Conference. CMHC is considering a range of options, including smaller, virtual events on specific housing topics, hybrid virtual/in-person events, and partnering with other housing organizations that hold annual conferences.

Data available as of June 30, 2022

Commitments and Expenditures

The following two tables provide an overview of capital commitments and expenditures made for both new and repaired housing units under the NHS. Capital commitments are tracked by calendar year, and expenditures are tracked by fiscal year.

  Capital Commitments
2020 $3,590 million
2021 $4,170 million
  Expenditures
2019/20 $155.2 million
2020/21 $1,200 million
2021/22 $1,828 million
2022/23 $120.2 million

*These numbers include the following initiatives: Affordable Housing Innovation Fund, Rental Construction Financing Initiative, National Housing Co-Investment Fund, Rapid Housing Initiative, Federal Lands Initiative and Shared Equity Mortgage Provider Fund.

Data available as of June 30, 2022

Federal/Provincial/Territorial NHS Investments

On April 9, 2018, a new Federal/Provincial/Territorial (FPT) Housing Partnership Framework was endorsed by all F/P/T Ministers responsible for housing (except by Quebec), setting the foundation for NHS initiatives cost-matched and delivered by provinces and territories.

The Government has announced new bilateral agreements with all 13 provincial and territorial partners, with total signed agreements representing over $13.5 billion in joint funding over 10 years to protect, renew and expand community housing, and support provincial priorities related to housing repair, construction and affordability.

Action Plans have been publicly released by the following provinces and territories:

Data available as of June 30, 2022

How progress is tracked

Information is available to CMHC once claims related to funding commitments from provinces and territories have been received and processed.

Provinces and territories will develop and publicly release action plans every three years to put their planned actions into context and to establish targets. Provinces and territories will also provide a progress report to CMHC every six months that will include progress towards realizing the targets and outcomes set out in the NHS.

Provincial/Territorial NHS Initiatives

Initiative Launch Date Funding Target Progress to Date*
Funding for Northern Territories April 1, 2018 $300 million over 10 years

(no cost-matching)

Help offset the higher need and cost of housing in the North. The Territories committed $86.92 million to support 1,313 units, of which 228 are new units, 331 are repair units and 754 are rent supplements.
Canada Community Housing Initiative 2019 $8.6 billion over 9 years

(including $4.3 billion of PT cost-matching)

Protect, regenerate and expand community housing administered by provinces and territories, and supported by former federal programs. Provinces and territories have committed $1.14 billion to support 177,642 units. 
PT Priority Funding 2019 $2.2 billion over 9 years

(including $1.1 billion in PT cost-matching)

Address distinct provincial and territorial housing needs and priorities, including affordability, repair and construction.
Provinces and territories have committed $1.34 billion to support 166,530 units.** 
Canada Housing Benefit April 2020 $4 billion over 8 years

(including $2 billion in PT cost-matching)

 
Financial housing benefit provided directly to families and individuals in housing need.

Addenda signed with 13 provinces and territories.

Program under co-development by federal and provincial/territorial governments.

Provinces have committed $284.79 million to support 84,835 households.

* Provinces and Territories make commitments to projects and recipients under the agreements for both federal and cost-matched funding.

** Does not include the households receiving affordability support in Quebec in 2020/21. This information will be included should it become available from Quebec.

Data available as of June 30, 2022

National Housing Strategy Overall

Key Highlights

  • Overall under the National Housing Strategy, we have made $28.42 billion* in commitments as of June 30, 2022.
  • This will support the creation of 110,149 new housing units and 268,204 repaired housing units.  
  • Funding committed is expected to create 42,548 new affordable housing units, affordability support for 162,177 households as of June 30, 2022.
  • As of March 31, 2022, the NHS has committed an estimated $7.1 billion towards meeting the housing needs of women and their children, which includes funding for the construction, repair and support of approximately 340,000 housing units. This includes funding committed and spent under the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, Rental Construction Financing Initiative, Federal Lands Initiative, Affordable Housing Innovation Fund, Rapid Housing Initiative, Federal Community Housing Initiative, Canada Community Housing Initiative, Community Housing Transformation Centre and Research and Data Initiative, as well as funding spent under legacy agreements to support community housing.  
    • Of the $7.1 billion, $1.2 billion is targeting the needs of women and their children, and $5.8 billion is supporting the needs of women and their children.  
    • This represents 28% of all NHS funding committed.
    • Since the numbers above are a percentage of NHS investments and available information will increase with time, the percentage is expected to fluctuate each quarter.

Learn more about how the NHS serves women and their children.

*Does not include PT cost matching.

 

Indigenous and Northern Housing

Improving Housing Conditions (First Nation, Inuit & Métis Housing)

Meeting the housing needs of Indigenous communities is a priority under Canada’s National Housing Strategy. Projects serving the needs of Indigenous peoples and families are prioritized for funding under all of the Strategy’s programs. There is also programming and funding exclusively for Indigenous and Northern housing.

NHS Funding Exclusively for Indigenous and Northern Housing

  • $420M

    through the Indigenous Shelter and Transitional Housing Initiative
  • $138.1M

    through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund
  • $200M

    through the Canada Community Housing Initiative
  • $300M

    through Funding for the Northern Territories
  • National Housing Strategy
  • $627.7M

    through Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy
  • $420 million through the Indigenous Shelter and Transitional Housing Initiative to build a minimum of 38 shelters and 50 new transitional homes for Indigenous women, children and LGBTQ2S+ people escaping gender-based violence.
    • CMHC and Indigenous Services Canada have formed committees made of representatives from Indigenous women’s organizations and subject matter experts to further develop the evaluation process and the selection of projects.
    • Projects will be funded by March 31, 2026.
  • $25 million through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund to repair 560 units in the existing urban Indigenous community housing stock.
    • $24.2 million has been conditionally or financially committed toward the repair of 391 units.
  • $13.1 million through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund for 2 emergency shelters in the territories. This is part of the $44.8 million 2020 Shelter Initiative for Indigenous women and children escaping family violence. This initiative is supporting the construction of 12 Indigenous shelters across Canada. There will be:
    • 2 in the territories funded through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund
    • 10 in First Nations communities in the provinces, funded through CMHC’s On-Reserve Shelter Enhancement Program.
  • $100 million through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund to support the construction and repair of Housing in the Northwest Territories and Yukon.
    • $90 million has been conditionally or financially committed to support the development of 264 new units.
  • $200 million through the Canada Community Housing Initiative (under the Housing Partnership Framework) to support 7,000 units in the existing urban Indigenous community housing stock so they continue to be made available to low-income households.
    • $34.1 million has been committed toward the support of 4,883 units, including repairs for 590 units.
  • $300 million through Funding for the Northern Territories. Progress to date is listed above, under Federal/Provincial/Territorial NHS Investments.
  • $627.7 million through Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy to address Indigenous homelessness predominantly in urban centers. This includes:
    • $455.6 million through an Indigenous Homelessness stream to maintain the community-based approach and to continue to address local priorities, and
    • $172.1 million to be invested in priorities determined in collaboration with Indigenous partners. $10 million of this funding has been allocated for communities in the territories.
  • Legacy funding to support First Nations housing on reserve. Between April 2020 and March 2021, CMHC invested $180 million to support:
    • 760 newly constructed homes
    • 470 renovated homes
    • 22,300 households receiving subsidies

 

Funding through NHS Programs of General Application

Federal Supply Initiatives

$3.51 billion has been conditionally or financially committed through the federal supply initiatives. This includes the National Housing Co-Investment Fund commitments for urban Indigenous housing, emergency Indigenous shelters and housing in the territories that are listed above. Federal supply initiative commitments will support:

  • 14,448 units through Indigenous and Northern housing projects. This includes 40 projects that are located in the territories, where 50% of the population is Indigenous.
    • 300 of these projects are led by Indigenous organizations and 120 are led by other housing providers that serve and prioritize Indigenous peoples.
    • 8,400 units are for new construction and 200 units and are for repair or renewal.
  • Commitments made to date will support:
    • 2,600 units on reserve
    • 1,100 units in the territories
    • 4,300 Indigenous units in urban areas
    • 600 Indigenous units in rural or remote areas

In addition to the funding and units outlined above, 50 new units and 9,900 repaired units will be made available to Indigenous households through projects that are not entirely targeting Indigenous occupants under the National Housing Co-Investment Fund.

 

Federal Initiatives Supporting the Community Housing Sector

$4.1 million has been conditionally or financially committed through the federal initiatives to support Indigenous housing in the community housing sector:

  • $684,805 through the Federal Community Housing Initiative to support the affordability of 145 community housing units for Indigenous peoples
  • $3.86 million through the Community Housing Transformation Centre to support 53 Indigenous housing projects

 

Data, Innovation and Research

The following investments have been made to support research, data and innovation to improve Indigenous and Northern housing outcomes:

  • $4.4 million toward 18 Research and Data Initiative projects
  • $13.4 million toward 8 Housing Supply Challenge projects

 

Federal/Provincial/Territorial Housing Partnership Framework

$210.3 million in federal funding and $100.8 million in cost-matched funding have been committed to support Indigenous and Northern housing through the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Housing Partnership Framework. This is inclusive of all Housing Partnership Framework funding committed to-date in the territories, as well as the Canada Community Housing Initiative commitments toward urban Indigenous housing that are listed above. This funding supports:

  • 1,827 new units
  • 3,619 units for repair
  • 8,345 units through affordability support 

Data available as of June 30, 2022

National Housing Strategy Support to Affordable and Community Housing

National Housing Strategy Support to Affordable and Community Housing

The NHS initiatives are designed to meet the housing needs of Canadians. These initiatives provide support to the entirety of the housing continuum, an approach that builds upon and complements the historical federal support for community (social) housing that serves Canadians in deepest housing need.

This new approach significantly increases support to the community housing sector through new supply programs such as the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, the Federal Lands Initiative, the Affordable Rental Housing Innovation Fund as well as the Rapid Housing Initiative.

The approach also includes direct support to tenants and through housing providers to help reduce affordability pressures. This builds on support for legacy social housing agreements which were predominantly signed with housing providers between the 1950s and early 1990s, and includes new funding. New funding is being made available under the Federal and Canada Community Housing Initiatives to providers whose legacy agreements are expiring to ensure that they have the necessary support to continue offering community housing to Canadians.

In addition to these initiatives, the NHS is also creating new purpose-built market rental housing through the Rental Construction Financing Initiative, building supply and providing more housing options along the housing continuum.

The NHS provides assistance to 204,725* households in need through affordable and community housing:

 

  • NHS commitments to create 42,548 new affordable and community housing units
  • Support for 162,177 community housing units through the Federal Community Housing Initiative, the Canada Community Housing Initiative, and other social housing programs
  • 84,835 households have access to affordable housing through the Canada Housing Benefit

Data available as of June 30, 2022

*Does not include the households receiving affordability support in Quebec in 2020/21. This information will be included should it become available from Quebec.

Mapping our progress

The National Housing Strategy has projects across Canada. See what’s happening near you.

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Construction Timeline

Construction takes time – it can take years for planning, permitting, site preparation and design for a project to come to fruition. The completion of a new construction or renovated multi-unit affordable housing project can take up to 3 years after the funding is provided.

Funding under the National Housing Strategy can be delivered over several years – extending the time to complete an affordable housing project. See the Road Map for Building a New Home for more details.

 

Other reports and programs

 

 

Building the Future Together

This triennial report discusses the complementary toolkit of housing initiatives that are addressing affordable housing needs.