CHRA advocates on behalf of its members to compel federal decision-makers to choose a future where all Canadians can access and afford the type of housing that they need. CHRA’s leadership regularly engages with Parliamentarians through a variety of meetings, appearances before Parliamentary committees and through written correspondence.
The 2017 federal Budget is expected to be unveiled in the next few months. CHRA anticipates that funding announcements related to the National Housing Strategy will be contained in the 2017 Budget.
In its submission to the National Housing Strategy consultation, CHRA has said that the National Housing Strategy needs to focus on the needs of the most vulnerable people living in Canada through investments in social and affordable housing, creation of a distinct urban and rural Indigenous housing strategy, bolstering social housing capacity, and increasing investments in supports for tenants and the homeless.
It is important that in the lead-up to the 2017 Budget, Members of Parliament continue to hear this message. That’s where you come in. On Thursday, January 12, CHRA is encouraging all of its members and supporters to send one or more tweets to your Member of Parliament (or several MPs!) indicating your support for a National Housing Strategy that puts the interests of vulnerable populations first. We have enclosed sample tweets below that relate to the key themes and policy recommendations identified by CHRA – feel free to use one of those, or feel free to script your own. Use hashtag #Budget2017 so that all Canadians can see the importance of housing in the next federal Budget.
Unsure who your MP is? Use this postal code look-up website to identify your MP.
In addition, an unofficial list of MPs’ twitter handles can be found here (external website).
Mark January 12 on your calendar to send your tweets – the more tweets the better!