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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:

  • Over $20 billion in commitments made to support:
    • The creation and repair of over 183,500 units (over 91,500 new units and repair to more than 92,000 units).
    • Over 134,200 units are currently under construction or have been repaired/built.
    • The continuing availability of over 32,900 community housing units (FCHI Phase II) where operating agreements expired, through direct supports for more than 6,100 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 $208.3 million to support the creation of over 19,100 units, of which over 16,500 will be affordable.

15,000 units are financial commitments and over 4,100 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.

Budget 2021 proposes to advance and reallocate funding to support the conversion of vacant commercial property into housing. The funding will target the conversion of vacant commercial property into 800 units of market-based rental housing.

 

CMHC has committed over $12 billion to support the creation of over 37,700 units, of which over 26,200 will be affordable. Of the 37,700 units, close to 13,100 are conditional commitments, over 24,500 are financial commitments, and more than 16,600 units are currently under construction and over 5,100 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

Budget 2021 proposes to advance and reallocate funding to accelerate the creation of 3,400 new units, and the repair of 13,700 units, and to support the construction, repair, and operating costs of an estimated 560 units of transitional housing and shelter spaces for women and children fleeing violence.

Budget 2022 proposes to advance and reallocate funding to accelerate the creation of up to 4,300 new units and the repair of up to 17,800 units.

CMHC has committed over $5.3 billion to support the creation of over 21,400 new units (14,200 affordable) and the repair/renewal of over 92,000 units (over 84,200 affordable).

Of the $5.3 billion, over $3.4 billion are loans and over $1.8 billion are contributions/forgivable loans.
 

 

New Units

Of the over 21,400 new units, over 6,500 units are conditional commitments, over 14,800 units are financial commitments, over 11,300 units are in progress, and over 3,400 units are built.

 

This includes commitments to make available over 2,000 shelter spaces, over 4,900 senior units, and over 600 units for people with developmental disabilities. 

 

Repair/Renewal Units

Of the 92,000 repair units, over 6,400 units are conditional commitments,  over 85,600 units are financial commitments, 66,900 units are in progress, and over 18,600 units are repaired/renewed.

This includes commitments to make available over 700 shelter spaces, and over 39,000 for 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.

Budget 2022 proposes to create at least 6,000 new affordable housing units.

Under Phase 1 and 2, CMHC has committed over $2.5 billion to support the creation of over 10,100 new affordable units.

Under the Major Cities Stream, CMHC signed 45 agreements were with municipalities totalling close to $990 million. This funding is creating over 3,700 affordable housing units, of which more than 1,400 units are currently under construction and/or built.

CMHC committed over $1.4 billion through the Project Stream, supporting the creation of close to 6,500 units, of which over 3,300 units are currently under construction and/or built.

Of the total units committed between the two streams, over 4,200 are for Indigenous peoples, over 2,400 are for homeless people or those at risk of being homeless, and over 1,200 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 $108.8 million to support the creation of over 3,200 units, of which over 1000 will be affordable.

Of the 3,200 units, over 2,800 units are conditional commitments, and over 400 are financial commitments.

As of March 31, 2022


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 FundFederal Lands Initiative and 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, over $20 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 $4,930M $730M $880M $10,300M $2,400M $810M
CMHC Units Committed 23,600 5,400 4,300 125,500 18,800 3,600
National Housing Co-Investment Fund:
Units/beds Committed to Shelters and Seniors
1,770 1,230 1,210 39,200 2,500 460
Rapid Housing Initiative: Units/beds Committed to Seniors - 210 - 320 760 -

As of March 31, 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)

$500 million over 10 years

Budget 2021 provided an additional $118.2 million

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 over 26,700 households, representing a total investment of $42.3 million.

Phase II so far has provided over $44.7 million in rent assistance to over 6,100 low-income units, supporting over 32,900 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.

$20.3 million has been provided to the CHTC to setup operations, cover operating and program-eligible costs, and provide funding to 178 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.

89 CBTI applications have been approved for funding.

$7.8M has been funded.

As of March 31, 2022

Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy*
Initiative Launch Date Funding Target Progress to Date
Reaching Home* April 1, 2019 $2.5 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.

As of March 31, 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 five years Assist 1,500 first-time homebuyers and assist in the creation of 1,500 new homeownership units $27 million committed to assist in the creation of over 900 new homeownership units.
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 15,800 applications, representing $285.1 million in Shared Equity Mortgages.
First-Time Home Buyer Incentive by Region
Region British Columbia Alberta Prairies & North Ontario Quebec Atlantic
Approved Applications (#) 530 4,870 2,150 1,010 5,720 1,510
Funded Applications (#) 500 4,550 2,040 990 5,300 1,440
Approved Shared Equity Mortgages ($) $10.2M $106M $34.6M $18.7M $95.8M $19.8M
Funded Shared Equity Mortgages ($) $9.7M $98.6M $32.5M $18.2M $87.9M $18.9M

As of March 31, 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.

As of March 31, 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. Over $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. Over $7 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.

The third round of the Challenge launched in February 2022 with applications due in June.
 

As of March 31, 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, and November 2020.

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 over $7.9 million.

As of March 31, 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. Over $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.

First results from the Canadian Housing Survey (Statistics Canada)

Results from the second Social and Affordable Housing Survey – Rental Structures (CMHC)


CMHC administers this survey every year to collect information on the characteristics of the social and affordable housing stock

As of March 31, 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 1600 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.

As of March 31, 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

*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.

As of March 31, 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:

As of March 31, 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 $120 million to support over 1,400 units, of which 320 are new units, over 380 are repair units and 760 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 over $839 million to support over 146,900 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 over $1.2 billion to support over 90,200 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 over $297 million to support over 133,100 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.

As of March 31, 2022

National Housing Strategy Overall

Key Highlights

  • Overall under the National Housing Strategy, we have made over $26.5 billion* in commitments as of March 31, 2022.
  • This will support the creation of 106,100 new housing units and over 254,600 repaired housing units.  
  • Funding committed is expected to create over 82,100 new affordable housing units, affordability support for over 200,800 households and repair and renewal of housing units that will benefit 7,600 households as of March 31, 2022.
  • As of December 31, 2021, 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, over $1.2 billion is targeting the needs of women and their children, and over $5.8 billion is supporting the needs of women and their children.  
    • This represents over 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.
    • $5.1 million have been conditionally or financially committed toward the repair of 190 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 have been conditionally or financially committed to support the development of 260 new units.
  • $200 million through the Canada Community Housing Initiative (under the Housing Partnership Framework) to support at least 7,000 units in the existing urban Indigenous community housing stock so they continue to be made available to low-income households.
    • $23 million have been committed toward the support of over 2,100 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 centres. 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

Over $1.7 billion have 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:

  • 8,600 units through 430 Indigenous and Northern housing projects. This includes over 40 projects that are located in the territories, where over 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, over 50 new units and over 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 have been conditionally or financially committed through the federal initiatives to support Indigenous housing in the community housing sector:

  • $581,000 through the Federal Community Housing Initiative to support the affordability of 130 community housing units for Indigenous peoples
  • $3.6 million through the Community Housing Transformation Centre to support 51 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

$185 million in federal funding and $69 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:

  • 2,300 new units
  • 2,700 units for repair
  • 2,700 units through affordability support 

As of March 31, 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 over 290,600* households in need through affordable and community housing:

 

  • NHS commitments to create over 82,100 new affordable and community housing units
  • Support for over 200,800 community housing units through the Federal Community Housing Initiative, the Canada Community Housing Initiative, and other social housing programs
  • 133,100 households have access to affordable housing through the Canada Housing Benefit

As of March 31, 2022, updated every fiscal year

*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.