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What is the strategy?

Canada has one of the best housing systems in the world. But some 1.7 million families still don’t have a home that meets their basic needs.

Through the National Housing Strategy, the federal government is re-engaging in affordable housing and bringing together the public, private and non-profit sectors to ensure more Canadians have a place to call home.

The goal of this historic strategy is to make sure Canadians across the country can access housing that meets their needs and that they can afford.

1.7 million families still don’t have a home that meets their basic needs.

To achieve this goal, the strategy will first focus on the most vulnerable Canadians. This includes women and children fleeing family violence, seniors, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, those dealing with mental health and addiction issues, veterans and young adults.

Over the next 10 years, the strategy will cut chronic homelessness in half, remove 530,000 families from housing need and invest in the construction of up to 100,000 new affordable homes.

It will create livable communities where families thrive, children learn and grow, and their parents have the stability and opportunities they need to succeed.

It will take steps towards advancing the right to housing, so that no one is ever refused a home because of their gender, religion or background.

The strategy will focus on the most vulnerable Canadians first.

It will adopt a “whole-of-government” approach that aligns housing with other important goals like creating jobs, increasing access to healthcare and education, and preventing violence against women.

It will set out concrete targets and then report on the results, to let Canadians know what the plan has achieved and where there’s still work to do.

It will spearhead innovative new housing research, data and demonstration projects to fill gaps in our knowledge, share the best ideas and shape the future of housing policy in Canada.

And it will seek out input from voices that haven’t always been heard and people who know first-hand what it’s like not to have a home.

The strategy will remove 530,000 families from housing need.

Together, these commitments will give more Canadians access to an affordable home. They will build vibrant and inclusive communities where people want to live, work and play. And they will help ensure all Canadians have a chance at a brighter future.