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CHRA and Canadian Home Builders Association Release New Research Report

November 1, 2017

CHRA and the Canadian Home Builders Association, with the support of Genworth Canada, have released a new research report prepared by Steve Pomeroy and Greg Lampert entitled “Examining the Dynamics of Canada’s Housing Tenure System:  Implications for a National Housing Strategy”.  This report examines the full housing spectrum, and looks at policy changes and how policy impacts housing along the spectrum.  A copy of the report can be found here. (note – the paper is only available in English).

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Coalition of Poverty and Housing Advocates Call for a Rights-Based Approach to Addressing Poverty

October 16, 2017

A group of leading anti-poverty, housing, and homelessness advocates today held a press conference on Parliament Hill to call on the federal government to adopt a rights-based approach in its forthcoming National Housing Strategy and Poverty Reduction Strategies.

The joint press release can be found here.

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CHRA Marks World Habitat Day by Calling for a National Housing Strategy Focused on the Needs of Canada’s Most Vulnerable

October 2, 2017

The United Nations has designated October 2 as World Habitat Day in 2017 – this year’s theme is “Housing Policies:  Affordable Homes”.  The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) is using this day to remind the federal government that the needs of Canada’s most vulnerable populations need to lie at the heart of the forthcoming National Housing Strategy, expected to be unveiled in November 2017.  Click here for a copy of our communique.

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Indigenous Caucus Day Report is Released

September 28, 2017

The report summarizing the May 2 Indigenous Caucus Day in Halifax, Nova Scotia is now available.  A copy of the report can be found here (copies are only available in English). 

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CHRA’s 2018 Pre-Budget submission to the House of Commons Finance Committee

August 8, 2017

CHRA believes that the federal government has an opportunity through continued investment to achieve the objective of every person living in Canada having access to safe, affordable and sustainable housing by 2035; and that the enactment of a National Housing Strategy and an Indigenous Housing Strategy has the potential to address a number of longer-term and structural concerns facing housing providers, and most importantly, their tenants.

Please click here for our recommendations and full submission to the House of Commons Finance Committee as part of the Pre-Budget Consultations.

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Congress 2018 – Call for Proposals

July 31, 2017

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) is seeking proposals for the 50th National Congress on Housing and Homelessness, taking place April 24th to April 27th in Ottawa, Ontario.  We are inviting interested participants to submit proposals for our concurrent workshop sessions.

Click here for more information.

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CHRA Survey on Barriers within Operating Agreements

July 28, 2017

One of the advocacy objectives that CHRA has discussed with CMHC is to eliminate barriers within existing Operating Agreements for housing providers who wish to diversify or transition their operating models.    In order to better inform our advocacy efforts, CHRA would like to collect specific examples of Operating Agreement barriers.  To complete this survey, visit here

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Housing On The Hill Day

July 19, 2017

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) invite you to: Housing on the Hill Day 2017, October 17, 2017

CHRA and CAEH are once again teaming up to host “Housing on the Hill” 2017 on Tuesday, October 17.  With over $15 billion in investments in social and affordable housing and homelessness programs contained in the 2017 Budget, and with a National Housing Strategy to be unveiled shortly, Housing on the Hill provides a timely and unique opportunity to engage with Members of Parliament to seek out their support, raise awareness, and set the stage for additional investments in housing in future years.

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Actions for Housing Now 2017

July 11, 2017

In February and March 2017, CHRA partnered with The Tyee to organize two events in British Columbia designed to share and gather ideas and thoughts on housing policy in Canada. 

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CHRA Releases Two Submissions to the Federal Government on the National Housing Strategy; Help Us Spread the Word!

June 27, 2017

CHRA has written the Minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the Minister of Indiginous and Northern Affairs, with 2 sets of documents related to the release of the National Housing Strategy this fall.

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Urban and Rural Indigenous Housing Benchmarking Survey

May 17, 2017

CHRA today issued the results of a benchmarking study conducted by James Burr and Steve Pomeroy of urban and rural Indigenous housing providers.  The results of the survey point to the need for a distinct urban and rural Indigenous housing strategy.  Download a copy of the report here, and click here for a copy of the accompanying press release.

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CHRA Asks, CHRA Receives

March 27, 2017

In October 2016, CHRA submitted its response to the National Housing Strategy consultation, containing many specific recommendations, found here.  On March 22, the federal government unveiled its 2017 Budget which contained announcements totaling $11.2 billion over 11 years for social and affordable housing – the largest single investment in Budget 2017.  Many of the announcements contained in the 2017 Budget mirrored CHRA’s own recommendations.  Click here for a comparison of CHRA’s recommendations in the National Housing Strategy submission versus the announcements contained in Budget 2017.

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Summary of measures contained in the 2017 federal budget

March 22, 2017

The following housing-related announcements were contained in the 2017 federal Budget released today by Finance Minister Bill Morneau:

Budget 2017 invests $11.2 billion over 11 years in a variety of initiatives designed to build, renew, and repair Canada’s stock of affordable housing.  This investment is broken down within our article.  Click here to read more.

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CHRA Applauds Social and Affordable Housing Announcements in Budget 2017

March 22, 2017

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association today applauded the announcements related to social and affordable housing announced by Finance Minister Bill Morneau in the 2017 federal Budget.  The initiatives announced in Budget 2017 closely mirror the recommendations put forth by CHRA in its submission to the 2016 National Housing Strategy consultation.

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Federal Poverty Reduction Strategy and Ministerial Advisory Committee Launched

February 21, 2017

On February 13, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos announced an online national consultation on the development of an anti-poverty strategy.  Canadians are invited to share their thoughts and views on this strategy by visiting this page.  

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CHRA Meets with Minister Duclos to Discuss Forthcoming National Housing Strategy

February 21, 2017

On February 13, CHRA held a one on one meeting with the Minister responsible for housing, the Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos.  The meeting provided an opportunity to restate some of the key themes that CHRA expects to see in the forthcoming National Housing Strategy, including a dedicated research body, a separate housing financing mechanism to focus on housing supply, and the creation of a distinct urban and rural Indigenous housing strategy.  

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CHRA Appears Before House of Commons Human Resources Committee to Discuss Anti-Poverty Strategy

February 21, 2017

On February 14, CHRA President Stephan Corriveau and Executive Director Jeff Morrison appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities to discuss the government’s proposed Anti-Poverty Strategy. 

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Organizations Call for Budget 2017 to be the “Housing Budget”

January 27, 2017

The CHRA, the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, and the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada are pushing the federal government to commit to long-term investment on the scale needed to tackle the housing crisis in Budget 2017.  We are united in the call for a solution that will ensure all Canadians have…

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Thursday, January 12 – Member of Parliament Tweet-a-thon!

January 6, 2017

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. 

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2017 Membership Renewals!

December 14, 2016

It’s that time of year to renew your membership in CHRA for 2017! Membership renewal emails were sent last week, and we encourage you to renew early!

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CHRA Available To Offer Comment on Federal Government’s National Housing Strategy Report

November 22, 2016

On November 22, the Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, Jean-Yves Duclos, will participate in a facebook live presentation at 11am EST to unveil the federal government’s “What We Heard” report summarizing the findings of the National Housing Strategy consultation process launched in June 2016.