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National Housing Strategy

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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:

We are re-engaging in affordable housing and bringing together the public, private and non-profit sectors in Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy.

  • This is a 10-year, $40-billion plan, that will strengthen the middle class, fuel our economy and give more Canadians across the country a place to call home.

  • Over the next 10 years, we 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.

  • An additional 385,000 households will be protected from losing an affordable place to live.

  • Starting April 1, 2020, through the new Community Housing Initiative, federally-administered community housing providers with expiring operating agreements will be eligible for a new rental assistance program, to protect tenants and stabilize the operations of some 55,000 units of federally administered social housing projects. New operating agreements will be put in place as old ones expire, to ensure social housing providers will continue to receive funding to subsidize rents for tenants in need.

  • Launching in 2020, the Canada Housing Benefit will help to significantly reduce or eliminate housing affordability challenges for more than 300,000 vulnerable households, and provide an average of $2,500 per year to each recipient household. This is money that will go directly to families to help offset the costs of rent.

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

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

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 help ensure all Canadians have a chance at a brighter future.


To achieve these goals, the National Housing Strategy will focus first 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.

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, and it will shape the future of housing policy in Canada.