The National Housing Strategy: A Brave New Chapter for Housing Affordability in Canada

The National Housing Collaborative – an alliance of nonprofit and private housing associations and major foundations – is welcoming the National Housing Strategy as a bold step to address housing affordability in Canada.

We have proposed four major pillars for government action to support the strategy and improve affordability for Canadians in housing need:

  1. Adopt a national goal to end homelessness within 10 years – and launch a pan-Canadian initiative to make it happen.
  2. Develop a national housing benefit that provides direct financial assistance to renters, moving households out of poverty and providing them with more choice and autonomy.
  3. Maintain and increase the supply of rental housing that is affordable across the country through innovative financing and equity tools.
  4. Provide leadership and resources to strengthen and renew our existing social housing to ensure it remains physically sound and financially viable.

The National Housing Strategy is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure every Canadian has a suitable, adequate and affordable place to call home.


The National Housing Collaborative responds to the release of the National Housing Strategy on November 22, 2017.

The National Housing Collaborative shares an open letter to Minister Duclos on October 24, 2017.

Canada’s largest daily newspaper, The Toronto Star endorses a Portable Housing Benefit on September 19, 2017.

Read the Op-Ed published by Dr. Jacline Nyman, President and CEO of United Way Centraide Canada and Tim Richter, President and CEO of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness in the Hill Times on September 18, 2017:  Innovation of Housing Policies Key to Fairness and Opportunity

Read further recent work on three of our four pillars:  Proposal for a National Portable Housing Benefit , Proposal for strengthening social housing, and Proposal for maximizing investments in supply


3 Tests for Success

Housing Action in Budget 2017

The federal government has committed to the creation of a National Housing Strategy in spring 2017 based on the vision that “housing is the cornerstone of building sustainable inclusive communities and a strong Canadian economy where we can prosper and thrive.”

The National Housing Collaborative – an alliance of nonprofit and private housing associations and major foundations – is keenly awaiting Budget 2017 as a down-payment on the government’s commitment to realizing its bold vision for housing.

Here are three things to look for in the upcoming budget as positive signs that a housing affordability agenda is moving forward in Canada.

– The National Housing Collaborative

You can help: Tell your MP it’s time for action on housing!

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Urge the federal government to act now on a National Housing Strategy and make housing a priority in the upcoming Budget 2017.

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