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Progress on the National Housing Strategy

On November 22, 2017, the federal government announced Canada’s first-ever National Housing Strategy (NHS), a 10-year, $40 billion plan, to help reduce homelessness and improve the affordability, availability and quality of housing for Canadians in need.

Thanks to new investments announced in Budget 2019, Canada’s NHS is now a 10-year, $55+ billion plan that will give more Canadians a place to call home.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is proud to lead the NHS and works with key partners to maximize results for Canadians. 

Construction Timeline

The construction of affordable housing takes time. It can take many years for planning, permitting, site preparation and design in order for a project to come to fruition. 

The completion of a multi-unit affordable housing project, whether new construction or renovation, can take up to three years after the funding is provided. 

Depending on how agreements are structured, funding under the NHS can be delivered over several years; further extending the time to complete an affordable housing project.

Federal NHS Initiatives and Investments

Key Highlights:

  • Over $10.8 billion in commitments made to support:
    • The creation and repair of over 118,300 units (over 52,800 new units and repair of over 65,500 units);
    • o Over 24,900 units are currently under construction or have been repaired/built;
    • The continuing availability of over 25,700 community housing units where operating agreements expired.
    • Rent Supplements to over 4,500 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 $200 million over 5 years Create 4,000 affordable housing units using innovative business approaches and building techniques.

CMHC has committed $183.2 million to support the creation of over 17,600 units, of which close to 15,000 will be affordable.

Of the 17,600 units, over 1,400 are conditional commitments, over 12,100 are financial commitments and over 4,100 units are currently under construction or built.




Rental Construction Financing April 20, 2017 $13.75 billion over 11 years Construction of more than 42,500 new rental housing units across Canada.

CMHC has committed over $ 7.8 billion to support the creation of over 23,500 units, of which close to 14,200 will be affordable.

Of the 23,500 units, over 12,400 are conditional commitments, over 1,600 are financial commitments, and over 9,500 units are currently under construction or built.



National Housing Co-Investment Fund May 2, 2018 $13.2 billion over 10 years Create 60,000 new housing units and repair or renew 240,000 housing units

CMHC has committed over $2.8 billion to support the creation of close to 11,300 new units (7,900 affordable) and the repair/renewal of over 65,500 units (58,900 affordable).

Of the $2.8 billion, over $1.8 billion are loans and over $1.0 billion are contributions.


New Units

Of the 11,300 new units, over 6,900 units are conditional commitments, over 1,900 units are financial commitments, and over 2,500 units are currently under construction or built.


These units include over 2,800 senior units, over 700 shelter units, over 600 units for people with developmental disabilities, and over 200 units to support Indigenous people.


Repair/Renewal Units

Of the 65,500 repair units, over 5,800 units are conditional commitments, over 50,900 units are financial commitments, and over 8,800 units are currently being repaired/renewed.


These units include over 200 shelter units, over 30,600 senior units, and over 9,700 units to support indigenous people.

Rapid Housing Initiative


$1 Billion over 2 years

Create up to 3,000 affordable housing units.

Program launched October 2020

As of September 30, 2020

National Housing Co-Investment Fund

Historic Investment: On April 5, 2019, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new $1.3 billion partnership with the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) – the largest federal housing investment with a municipal partner in Canadian history – to support the renovation of more than 58,000 housing units with completion expected for 2030-31.

Initiative Launch Date Funding Target Progress to Date
Federal Lands Initiative February 11, 2019 $200 million over 10 years Create 4,000 affordable housing units by transferring surplus federal lands and buildings to housing providers at low or no cost. CMHC has committed $11 million to support the creation of over 400 units through 7 properties. Of the 400 affordable units, over 100 units are conditional commitments through 4 properties, and close to 300 are financial commitments through 3 properties.

As of September 30, 2020

Regional Breakdown of Federal NHS Supply Initiatives

The breakdown includes the latest results for the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund, Rental Construction Financing Initiative, National Housing Co-Investment Fund and Federal Lands 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 four federal NHS supply programs, over $10.9 billion has been committed in new and repaired housing units across Canada. Almost $8.8 billion of these commitments have been made in British Columbia and Ontario.

Region British Columbia Alberta Prairies & North Ontario Quebec Atlantic
CMHC Funding Commitments $2.43B $392M $307M $6.4B $1B $366M
CMHC Units Committed 15,080 2,945 1,800 86,768 7,516 1,783

As of September 30, 2020

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)

$500 million over 10 years Support of 55,000 community housing units, through funding 11,000 low income units, with operating agreements under federal administration through CMHC.

Phase I subsidy extensions currently supporting over 25,700 households, representing a total investment of $42.3 million.

Phase II so far has provided close to $2M in rent assistance to over 4,500 low income units, supporting over 21,200 community housing units.

Community Housing Transformation Centre (CHTC)


Sector Transformation Fund (STF)

April 11, 2019


Fall 2019

$68.6 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.

$10.8 million has been provided to the Centre to setup operations, cover operating costs and cover program eligible costs.

36 STF applications have been approved for funding.

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

*Funding part of the $68.6 million for the Community Housing Transformation Centre.

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

20 CBTI applications have been approved for funding.

As of September 30, 2020

Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy*
Initiative Launch Date Funding Target Progress to Date
Reaching Home April 1, 2019 $2.1 billion over 9 years
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has announced an additional investment of over $400 million in emergency funding through Reaching Home. This funding supports those experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness and supports community-level responses to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. COVID-19 investments help reduce overcrowding in shelters, establish isolations spaces and place individuals in temporary accommodations to help reduce the spread of the virus. 
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 annual funding is expected to be delivered by 2021-22.**

*Program led by Employment and Social Development Canada.

** Not including COVID-19 investments for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

As of September 30, 2020

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 five years Assist 1,500 first-time homebuyers and assist in the creation of 1,500 projected new homeownership units No applications approved to date.
First-Time Home Buyer Incentive September 2, 2019 $1.25 billion over three years Assist up to 100,000 first-time homebuyers CMHC has approved 9,520 applications, representing $173.1 million in Shared Equity Mortgages.

*Assumed interest rate of 2% fixed with an amortization period of 25 years.

First-Time Home Buyer Incentive by Region
Region British Columbia Alberta Prairies & North Ontario Quebec Atlantic
Approved Applications (#) 327 2,591 1,153 743 3,916 790
Funded Applications (#) 290 2,109 935 656 3,252 655
Approved Shared Equity Mortgages ($) $5.9M $60.8M $18.8M $13.6M $63.4M $10.6M
Funded Shared Equity Mortgages ($) $5.1M $47.3M $14.7M $11.9M $49.4M $8.2M

As of September 30, 2020

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.
National Housing Council TBC
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.

A public call for applications was held in 2019, more than 250 applications were submitted and assessed. After a rigorous selection process, the Minister has made a decision on successful candidates and will make an announcement with the names of the new members shortly.

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. Candidates will be sought through a Notice of Opportunity. The Governor in Council is expected to appoint the Federal Housing Advocate in 2021.

As of September 30, 2020

Data, Innovation & Research

$241 million will be invested in new data collection tools, demonstration projects 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.

In the spring of 2019, a second call for applications was launched for several programs, including the Solutions Labs, the NHS Demonstrations Initiative, the NHS Research and Planning Fund, the CMHC Housing Research Scholarship Program and the Housing Research Awards.

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. Over $7.5 million to support 38 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. Over $2.5 million to support 17 demonstration projects.
Housing Supply Challenge October 23, 2020 $300 million over 5 years Launch competitions to address barriers to housing supply and affordability. Competitions have demonstration effect for new solutions to housing supply barriers. Projects cultivate the creation and development of partnerships between proponents. First challenge to be launched in October 2020.

As of September 30, 2020

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. $1,400,000 in scholarships awarded for 16 postdoctoral fellowships to conduct research in support of the NHS.
CMHC Housing Research Award Program April 2018 $400,000 over 10 years Promote and extend world-class housing research.

Awards ceremonies held on November 21, 2018, and December 5, 2019.

6 awards and 4 travel bursaries for a total of $90,000.


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 over $7,900,000.

As of September 30, 2020

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. Over $2.3 million has been awarded to 19 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 the social and affordable housing stock (by structure and tenant assessments).

First results from the Canadian Housing Survey (Statistics Canada)

First results from the Social and Affordable Housing Survey – Rental Structures (CMHC)

As of September 30, 2020

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 900 members with ongoing intake of new members.
National Housing Conference 2018 Annual conference to bring together experts. The second National Housing Conference, which was to take place in May 2020 in Ottawa, Ontario, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expert Panel on the Future of Housing Supply and Affordability

September 2019 Panel created by the Governments of Canada and British Columbia to seek feedback and ideas from experts, academics, researchers, urban planners, urban economists, municipal housing policymakers and members of the public who are familiar with the housing challenges in B.C. and similar high-priced housing markets around the world. The Panel will provide recommendations to the federal and BC governments by the end of 2020, and its final report will be publicly available in 2021. An interim What We Heard report of its consultation findings will be posted on its website as soon as permitted following the BC election. 

As of September 30, 2020

Commitments and Expenditures

For calendar year 2020, capital commitments of $1.3 billion for both new and repaired housing under NHS were made.

For fiscal year 2019/20, an expenditure of $155.2M was made for both new and repaired housing units under NHS.  For fiscal year 2020-21, an expenditure of $116.7M has been made so far for both new and repaired housing units under NHS.

As of September 30, 2020

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 12 provincial and territorial partners, with total signed agreements representing over $10 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:

As of September 30, 2020

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 $60 million to support 760 units, of which over 90 are new units and over 100 are repair units.
Canada Community Housing Initiative 2019 $8.6 billion over 9 years

(including $4.3B 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 $60 million to support over 28,000 units.*
PT Priority Funding 2019 $2.2 billion over 9 years

(including $1.1B in PT cost-matching)

Address distinct provincial and territorial housing needs and priorities, including affordability, repair and construction. Targets and outcomes have been mutually agreed with 11 provinces and territories.

Provinces and territories have committed over $190 million to support 43,300 units. *

Canada Housing Benefit April 2020 $4 billion over 8 years

(including $2B in PT cost-matching)

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

Addenda signed with 3 provinces, including Ontario.**

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

Provinces have committed close to $10M to support over 4,800 units.

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019/20 deadline for NHS bilateral agreement claims has been extended to Fall 2020 and the release of the Action Plans has been delayed in some jurisdictions, therefore the committed dollars and units are currently understated.

**Joint CHB announcements with the other two jurisdictions have been delayed to focus on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details will become available as programs are announced.

As of September 30, 2020

Indigenous and Northern Housing

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

With funding from Budget 2016, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Indigenous Services Canada, supported projects to build or renovate/retrofit over 18,000 homes in First Nations communities.

CMHC continues to partner with First Nation communities to support their housing goals. We offer tools, training, programs and knowledge to help First Nations build, maintain and care for homes in their communities and develop new housing-related skills.

The Government provides approximately $326 million annually to First Nation communities in support of housing. Funding is delivered through Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Indigenous Services Canada (ISC).

CMHC Housing Programs*: $173 million to support the construction of some 750 new homes built, renovation of over 450 houses and ongoing subsidy to 22,600 households living in First Nation communities.

*From April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020

ISC Housing Programs: an annual average of $143 million to support a range of housing needs, including construction, renovation, maintenance, insurance, capacity building, debt servicing and the planning and management of First Nations’ communities housing portfolios.


National Housing Strategy Investments


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 NHS programs. There is also targeted funding available to support the needs of Indigenous and Northern communities outlined below.

Investments totalling $638 million under the NHS will ensure that Indigenous peoples living in urban, rural and Northern communities have better housing outcomes now, and for generations to come.

Through Reaching Home, Canada’s Homelessness Strategy, a total of $413 million is dedicated to address Indigenous homelessness predominantly in urban centres.

  • $261 million through an Indigenous Homelessness stream over a nine year period to maintain the community-based approach and to continue to address local priorities; and,
  • $152 million, over nine years to be invested in priorities determined in collaboration with Indigenous partners, phased in over three years. Of this amount, $10 million has been allocated for communities in the territories.

An investment of $225 million will ensure community housing providers can protect affordability for Indigenous families and undertake necessary repairs to their projects. This will help stabilize the existing community housing stock and ensure no units are lost while longer-term strategies are developed.

Of this, $200 million is delivered through new and more progressive bilateral agreements with provinces and territories and $25 million is available through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund.

Indigenous peoples and Northerners will benefit from an additional $300 million over 10 years, delivered by the territories, to support new construction and repairs to existing affordable housing in Northern communities.

The North will also benefit from additional funding from provincial and territorial NHS initiatives, including the Canada Community Housing Initiatives, PT Priority Funding and the Canada Housing Benefit.


Indigenous Housing Strategies


The co-development of distinctions-based Indigenous housing strategies is a priority for the Government. Indigenous leaders have told the Government that the best approach is one that respects the distinct housing needs of each group and community.

Through investments made in Budget 2017 and Budget 2018, the Government is providing $1.5 billion to support a First Nations-led housing Strategy, an Inuit-led housing plan, and the Métis Nation’s housing strategy including:

  • $600 million over 3 years to support new construction and repairs to First Nation housing units.
  • $400 million over 10 years to support new construction and repairs to housing units in Nunavik, Nunatsiavut and Inuvialuit. This is in addition to the $240 million over 10 years announced in Budget 2017 to support housing in Nunavut.
  • $500 million over 10 years to support the housing needs of Métis Nation communities.


First Nations Market Housing Fund


The $300 million First Nations Market Housing Fund (FNMHF) promotes and supports the expansion of market-based housing in First Nations communities. The Fund is overseen by nine Trustees, including a chairperson. The trustees are responsible for overseeing the FNMHF’s governance and practices, and guiding its direction to achieve its objectives.

For more information, visit the FNMHF web page.

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 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 as well as the Affordable Rental Housing Innovation Fund.

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 affordable 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 over 468,000 households in need through affordable and community housing:

  • NHS commitments to create almost 37,500 new affordable and community housing units
  • Support for over 426,000 community housing units through the Federal Community Housing Initiative, the Canada Community Housing Initiative, and other social housing programs
  • 4,800 households have access to affordable housing through the Canada Housing Benefit

As of September 30, 2020

Other Housing Programs (PRIOR TO LAUNCH OF THE NHS)

Other CMHC Housing Programs

CMHC’s Seed Funding program supports affordable housing through interest-free loans and/or non-repayable contributions to help with costs related to pre-development activities.

CMHC’s Preservation Funding for Community Housing helps existing community housing providers remain viable and prepare for future funding opportunities by providing financial assistance to support the cost of completing preservation activities. 

From April 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020, CMHC has committed approximately $10 million in loans and disbursed over $7 million in contributions under these programs.

* Both programs can be combined with other National Housing Strategy funding initiatives.

Investment in Affordable Housing (2011-2019)

Through the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH), the federal government, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), invested more than $1.9 billion over eight years, from April 2011 to March 2019.

Under the IAH, Provinces and Territories cost-matched the federal investment and were responsible for program design and delivery in order to meet local housing needs and priorities.

From April 2011 to March 2019, over 420,000 households were no longer in housing need as a result of this funding.*

*The number of households is equal to the number of units identified in claims from provinces and territories to CMHC.

Homelessness Partnering Strategy (2014–2019)

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) was a unique community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness. The program provided direct funding and support to Designated Communities (urban centres) as well as Indigenous and rural and remote communities in all provinces and territories. Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy replaced the Homelessness Partnering Strategy on April 1, 2019. 

Through the HPS, the federal government invested $762 million over five years to prevent and reduce homelessness. Between April 2014 and March 2019, 74,111 Canadians* who were homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness were placed in more stable housing.

*Led by Employment and Social Development Canada. 

BUDGET 2016: Expanding Affordable Housing (2016–2018)

Budget 2016 increased federal investments in affordable housing by $2.3 billion over two years to give Canadians greater access to more affordable housing while the Government worked to develop the National Housing Strategy.

Expanding Affordable Housing: Provincial and Territorial Delivery

Budget 2016 allocated close to $1.4 billion to provinces and territories to identify communities where the need for affordable housing is greatest.

Federal Investments/Initiatives Results

Doubling the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH)

$504.4 million

in federal funding to double federal funding under the provincial/territorial cost-matched portion of the IAH (delivered by provinces and territories).



174,170 households assisted.

Increasing Affordable Housing for Seniors (IAH)

$200.7 million

in federal funding to increase affordable housing for seniors and improve their housing conditions (provided through the IAH, delivered by provinces and territories).


*No cost-matching

6,247 seniors households assisted.

Increasing Affordable Housing for Victims of Family Violence (IAH)

$89.9 million

in federal funding for the construction and renovation of off-reserve shelter spaces for victims of family violence (provided through the IAH, delivered by provinces and territories).


*No cost-matching

5,868 households assisted.

Supporting Energy- and Water-Efficiency Retrofits to Existing Community Housing (IAH)

$490.4 million

in federal for retrofits and renovations to existing community housing administered by the provinces and territories to address the increasing demand for repairs, improve efficiency and reduce energy use (provided through the IAH, delivered by provinces and territories).


*No cost-matching

95,095 units retrofitted or renovated.

Supporting Northern Housing (IAH)

$97.7 million

in federal funding to address urgent housing needs in Northern communities (provided through the IAH, delivered by territories).


*No cost-matching

687 households assisted.

Expanding Affordable Housing: Federal Programs

Budget 2016 also committed $870 million in new funding over two years to support federally administered housing and homelessness programs, including programs for First Nation people living on- and off-reserve.

Federal Investments/Initiatives Results

Renovation and Retrofit of Existing Federally Administered Community Housing

$83.5 million

for retrofits and renovations to existing federally administered community housing to address the increasing demand for repairs, improve efficiency and reduce energy use.


8,457 units renovated or retrofitted.

Rent Subsidies for Federally Administered Community Housing Providers

$30 million

to renew subsidies for eligible federally administered community housing projects that have operating agreements expiring by the end of March 2018.
10,319 housing subsidies renewed up to March 2018.

Tackling Homelessness

$111.8 million

to provide direct support and funding to communities across Canada, through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, for projects to prevent and reduce homelessness. This funding was in addition to existing funding of nearly $600 million over five years (2014-19).


28,868 who were homeless or at serious risk of homelessness have more stable housing.

Improving Housing in First Nations Communities

$554.3 million

to address urgent housing needs


$416.6 million to address immediate housing needs.
$127.7 million to support the renovation and retrofit of existing housing.
$10 million for skills and capacity development for the design, construction, inspection and overall management of housing in First Nations communities.

5,717 units renovated or retrofitted

464  First Nations communities assisted

Supporting Victims of Family Violence in First Nations Communities

$10.4 million

to support the construction of five new shelters for victims of family violence and the renovation of existing shelters in First Nations communities.
The construction of all five shelters has been completed.

Supporting Inuit Housing

$80 million

to address housing needs in three Inuit regions.


189 new units built

Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth (HIIFNIY)

$5 million

to support internships for Indigenous youth under HIIFNIY, which provides work experience and on-the-job training in the housing sector. Funding was provided in Budget 2016 under the renewed Youth Employment Strategy.


537 youth internships provided

Assisting Homeowners Affected by Pyrrhotite

$30 million

to help homeowners deal with costly structural problems in their homes as a result of the presence of the mineral pyrrhotite in their foundations.


The Province of Quebec claimed $30 million to benefit 445 homeowners.

Prepayment Flexibilities for Co-operative and Non-Profit Housing

$150 million

In Budget 2015, the Government announced $150 million over four years, starting in 2016/2017, to allow co-operative housing and non-profit community housing providers to prepay long-term, non-renewable mortgages held with CMHC, without any penalty.


442 long-term, non-renewable mortgages paid out representing $106.1 million in waived penalties.

Federal Housing Investments from November 1, 2015 to June 30, 2019

On August 27, 2019, the Government of Canada released a report titled Getting Housing Right: A Progress Report on Federal Housing Investments, which provides an overview of federal housing investments from November 1, 2015 to June 30, 2019.

To learn more about how the National Housing Strategy is helping Canadians, visit

Some of the results identified above form part of the Government of Canada’s broader $180 billion Investing in Canada Plan. To learn more and explore funded housing projects in your community, visit

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