CMHC has been working closely with key housing associations over the summer to finalize details for Phase 2 of the Federal Community Housing Initiative (FCHI). This is a new rental assistance program for community housing providers reaching the end of their operating agreements. FCHI will be available from April 1,…
CHRA and Coalition of Housing and Homelessness Organizations Release Open Letter to Leaders of Political Parties
At a press conference held today on Parliament Hill, CHRA and a coalition of community housing and homelessness organizations announced they have sent a joint letter to the leaders of the major political parties outlining several election platform recommendations in advance of the 2019 federal election.
Today, CHRA publicly released two documents related to the National Housing Strategy. The first is a response to the “National Housing Strategy Act” contained in Bill C-97, and the second includes key principles to help inform the development of the ‘Canada Housing Benefit’ drafted by The Canadian Alliance of Non-Profit Housing Associations (CANPHA).
Budget 2019: New Investments in Private Housing Affordability, But A Lack of Investment in Community Housing
The 2019 federal Budget unveiled today by Finance Minister Bill Morneau contained new measures to assist first time home buyers pay the costs associated with home ownership, and increased support for the supply of affordable rental housing. However, the Budget contained very few new investments to support community housing.
The online political publication, iPolitics, recently ran an op-ed by CHRA Executive Director Jeff Morrison.
The piece examines how the federal government could help to meet a new CMHC corporate objective of ensuring that by 2030, every person living in Canada had access to housing that met their needs. The editorial includes key messages that were contained in our 2019 pre-budget submission. This will also form the basis for our messaging in the lead up to the 2019 federal election.
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In response to concerns raised by the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) with the National Co-Investment Fund’s application process, CMHC has provided us with two documents that include changes that will ease the burden on housing providers applying to the program.
The first document is a webinar transcript (PDF) from a session held in October 2018 during which changes to some of the original application policies were announced.
The second is a new document issued by CMHC announcing changes to the energy efficiency and accessibility requirements for certain projects.
CHRA’s Indigenous Housing Caucus has received $189,000 in funding as part of a collaborative federal research grant from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Indigenous Services Canada to identify issues – such as expiry of operating agreements, waitlists, and housing management – most prevalently affecting urban, rural, and northern Indigenous housing service providers.
Acknowledging that urban, rural and northern Indigenous housing may not be effectively addressed by current federal policies or that potential gaps exist, results from this project will help inform a call for increased and improved services and supports.
Each year we honour and pay tribute to outstanding individuals and organizations that excel at providing safe and affordable housing to all people living in Canada. Nominations for the four CHRA National Awards of Recognition are now open.
Nominate a deserving candidate today, and let’s celebrate the outstanding achievements taking place in the social and affordable housing sector!
Deadline: December 14, 2018
Stéphan Corriveau, CHRA Board President, provided insights and context surrounding the legislated right to housing in Canada during a televised interview on Radio-Canada Ontario.
He detailed the scale of the mass homelessness phenomenon we are experiencing in Canada and explained that adopting a law would help correct this situation that has been worsening in the last 25 years due to lack of federal government involvement. Stéphan also pointed out that at the federal level, although things have been heading in the right direction for the last few years with commitments that would enable building up to 10,000 units per year, there remains an important need for major investments in social, non-profit and affordable social housing that go beyond a law. Without these investments, he explains, we will not be able to absorb this crisis, it will instead get worse.
“It was great to connect with someone more experienced in my field. The greatest takeaway was building contacts in the sector.” HPMP 2018 participant
The Housing Professionals Mentorship Program connects experienced housing professionals with those who are ready to take the next step in their professional journey, or graduate students whose research is focused on housing or homelessness in Canada.
Canada has seen significant change and investment in social, non-profit, and affordable housing across in 2018. This report provides a snapshot of budgetary and related housing developments, including commitments made by provinces and territories in their 2018-2019 budgets, recent housing announcements and initiatives underway. Where possible, it offers a glimpse into anticipated housing policy developments in each jurisdiction.
The National Housing Strategy contained $500 million for the Federal Community Housing Initiative, a new rental subsidy program for community housing providers whose federally administered Operating Agreements expire between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2027. This new program is being rolled out in two phases – the first phase will extend rental subsidies to 2020, while Phase 2 will extend subsidies until 2027.
Based on a CMHC discussion paper and an in-person meeting with CMHC in July 2018, we wrote to the Minister responsible for CMHC, the Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, to share our thoughts and concerns with several of the ideas proposed.
We are seeking proposals for our 51st National Congress on Housing and Homelessness, from April 2 to 4, 2019 in Victoria, BC. The deadline to submit is October 28, 2018.
This event provides an exceptional opportunity to meet and exchange with a growing body of practitioners, policy makers, front-line workers, government officials and key stakeholders within the social, affordable, and non-profit housing sector. Congress convenes over 550 delegates and sector leaders from Canada and other countries for three days of learning and networking.
Each year the we develop a unique program with concurrent workshops, plenaries, mobile tours and keynotes to meet the educational needs and interests of our members and participants from across the affordable housing and homelessness community. At this time, we are inviting interested participants to submit proposals for concurrent sessions.
The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association joined other affordable housing, homelessness and anti-poverty representatives, including Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, to release an open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau signed by over 170 prominent organizations and individuals. It calls for the forthcoming right to housing legislation to be meaningful and to ensure that proper mechanisms are put in place to promote the right to housing for all people in Canada. The letter was released at a press conference on Parliament Hill on August 14, 2018.
In response to the House of Commons Finance Committee’s annual call for recommendations to inform the federal government’s 2019 Budget, CHRA submitted a brief that included four specific recommendations: simplify and extend the Federal Community Housing Initiative; increase investment to build new affordable housing; expand the current Federal Lands Initiative to allow for acquisition of provincial or municipal lands for affordable housing; and develop and implement an Urban, Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy. CHRA will be seeking an in-person appearance before the Finance Committee this fall to discuss these and other ideas directly with the Committee.
Leaders in the affordable housing and homelessness sectors, come meet one-on-one with Members of Parliament and Senators, hear from leading housing policy experts and network with national housing decision-makers. As the last Housing on the Hill before the 2019 federal election, this is a prime opportunity to share your housing ideas with politicians and help inform electoral positions. Spaces are limited, register early to secure your participation.
A group of provincial non-profit housing associations and CHRA have come together to create a new Alliance, to be known as the Canadian Alliance of Non-Profit Housing Associations (CANPHA). The creation of CANPHA will build on efforts already underway to better represent the interests of the non-profit housing sector in Canada, align positions and share resources amongst constituent members.
During Congress 2018 in April, CHRA once again hosted an International Forum for which a number of Canadian and international housing experts came together to discuss common issues in social and affordable housing.
From that Forum, CHRA has produced a summary report providing an overview of the current state of housing – including broader market housing challenges, jurisdictional reflections, and homelessness – in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
At CHRA’s Annual General Meeting in April 2018, members unanimously passed a strongly worded resolution supporting the development of an Indigenous Housing Strategy for urban, rural and northern Indigenous Peoples. CHRA’s Resolution calls on the Government of Canada to develop a strategy that would set forth an objective of raising the standard of Indigenous housing to that of non-Indigenous Canadians within the next 10 years.
CHRA firmly believes that a robust Indigenous housing strategy should include recognition of the growing need for culturally connected and adequate housing for urban, rural and northern Indigenous Peoples, with a view of housing as an integral part of reconciliation. Housing forms the foundation for vibrant Indigenous communities and remains a positive determinant of health and mental wellbeing, education, early child development, and employment.
For Indigenous, By Indigenous National Housing Strategy released by CHRA and its Indigenous Housing Caucus Working Group
Calling on the federal government to address the housing needs of urban, rural and northern Indigenous families and individuals, including the disproportionate representation of Indigenous Peoples living in homelessness and core housing the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association and its Indigenous Housing Caucus Working Group released A For Indigenous, By Indigenous (FIBI) National Housing Strategy.