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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.

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November 22 is National Housing Day

November 21, 2016

On behalf of our Board members and the CHRA staff, we would like to wish a wonderful National Housing Day to all Canadians, as we support national action on affordable housing! We have stories from our members to share with you, from all across Canada.

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Still Renovating: A History of Canadian Social Housing Policy – NEW PUBLICATION

November 16, 2016

Social housing – public, non-profit, and co-operative – was once a part of Canada’s urban success story. Today there is new attention to affordable housing issues, and renewed optimism about federal policy.

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CHRA Wins Prestigious Award of Excellence from Canadian Society of Association Executives

November 8, 2016

The Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) today awarded its highest award, the “Award of Excellence”, to the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association for CHRA’s 2015/16 “Housing for All” campaign. CHRA is only one of 4 associations in Canada to receive the  “Award of Excellence” honour. 

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We are asking you to share your story with us!

November 8, 2016

In the lead-up to National Housing Day 2016, CHRA is planning a member engagement campaign aimed at increasing awareness of affordable housing issues to federal decision-makers, the media, general public and national like-minded organizations.

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Interview with CMHC’s CEO, Evan Siddall

October 27, 2016

On October 11th, CHRA Executive Director Jeff Morrison had the opportunity to record an interview with the President and CEO of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Evan Siddall. The conversation touched on a number of questions – many of which were suggested by CHRA members in the lead-up to the recording of the interview.

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CHRA response to the federal government on the National Housing Strategy

October 11, 2016

The federal government announced a public consultation on a National Housing Strategy. Since that time, CHRA has worked with its members, its Aboriginal Caucus, and other national housing stakeholders to produce a vision and response to guide the developpement of this Strategy.

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CHRA webinar series Fall 2016

September 23, 2016

Our CHRA webinar series deals with the full range of housing issues in Canada. These informative sessions showcase housing experts, leaders and decision-makers as they profile leading research and projects, promising practices and connect both CHRA members and non-members with discussions on the most relevant housing and homelessness issues and solutions.

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Submission to the House of Commons Finance Committee

August 4, 2016

CHRA today submitted its annual pre-budget report and recommendations to the House of Commons Finance Committee, containing several specific recommendations to strengthen the social housing sector.