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CHRA Launches Status Report on Federal Government’s Housing Related Commitments

May 2, 2016

In November 2015, Prime Minister Trudeau made public the Mandate Letters that he sent to each of his individual Cabinet Ministers. Within those Mandate Letters were several directives to Ministers directly related to housing; some of these directives were explicitly related to housing, others are more implicit. CHRA has produced a status report on the federal government’s progress in implementing the Mandate Letter deliverables.

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Minister Duclos, Mayor Coderre, Chantal Hébert take the stage at CHRA Housing and Homeless Congress in Montreal

April 13, 2016

Over 700 delegates from across Canada gather to discuss housing advocacy and policy in light of a National Housing Strategy commitment by the federal government. 

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CHRA-HPC Early Career Housing Professional Survey 2016

March 29, 2016

Be Among the First to Give Your Feedback!
The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA), in collaboration with Housing Partnership Canada (HPC), is conducting a national survey of early career professionals working in the housing and homelessness sector.

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CHRA Welcomes Affordable Housing “Down Payment” in 2016 Federal Budget

March 22, 2016

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) today welcomed the announcements contained in Budget 2016 of a $2.3 billion investment in affordable housing and homelessness over the next two years, and a commitment to consult with stakeholders on the development of a National Housing Strategy to be implemented over the subsequent 8 years. 

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Housing A Central Focus of House of Commons Finance Committee’s Pre-Budget Report

March 14, 2016

On March 11, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance tabled its final pre-budget report, which summarizes the appearances of over 92 presenting organizations and 175 written submissions from groups that were not invited to appear.

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CHRA Supports UN’s Housing Policy Recommendation

March 10, 2016

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA) this week welcomed a report issued by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights that recommends Canada “develop and effectively implement a human-rights based national strategy on housing.”  

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Interview with Minister Duclos

March 9, 2016

The RQOQ (Quebec’s non-profit housing network) took advantage of a meeting with the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, to ask him some key housing and homelessness questions. With this portfolio, Minister Duclos is responsible for housing and the CMHC.

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CHRA presents pre-budget recommendations to Finance Committee

February 18, 2016

On February 18, CHRA Executive Director Jeff Morrison appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance to present CHRA’s pre-budget recommendations.

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Housing Experts Meet to Translate Federal Policy Mandates into Outcomes

February 16, 2016

Co-organized by the CHRA, Carleton University, and the Tyee Solutions Society, the all-day Actions for Housing Now working session held on the Carleton campus brought together some 60 people from the around the broad housing sector — providers and tenants, social and market housing, financial institutions and green building experts — as well as unions, criminal justice reformers, aboriginal interests, philanthropic foundations and those serving the most vulnerable.

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Canada’s Housing Sector Calls for 100,000 New Affordable Homes

February 3, 2016

Access to the middle class and elimination of homelessness depend on adequate affordable housing supply. A coalition of seven housing sector leaders releases a joint statement, Affordable housing: a foundation for social inclusion in anticipation of the federal budget.

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Hill Times income equality policy event reinforces need for greater social housing investments

February 3, 2016

On January 26, CHRA and its housing partners, CHF Canada and CAEH, co-sponsored The Disappearing Middle Class, a Hill Times policy event in Ottawa.

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CHRA discusses Housing4All agenda with Minister Duclos

January 15, 2016

Last week, CHRA was hard at work conveying Housing for All messages to those in the highest offices, including participation in Minister of Finance Bill Morneau’s Pre-Budget Consultation in Toronto and an in depth meeting with Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos in Ottawa.

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CHRA Welcomes its new Executive Director

January 7, 2016

On behalf of the Board of Directors, it’s my pleasure to announce the appointment of Jeff Morrison as CHRA’s new Executive Director. Jeff leaves his position of Associate Director, Federal Affairs with Glaxo SmithKline, and before then, served as Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs with the Canadian Pharmacists Association for five years. In this role, he was responsible for advocacy, stakeholder relations, policy development, media relations, and external communication for the association. Jeff has held many other senior positions in the nonprofit world, including President of the Association of Canadian Engineering Companies and Director of Government Relations and Director of Environment for the Canadian Construction Association.

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Pathway to the middle class begins with affordable housing and must be prioritized in the 2016 Budget

January 7, 2016

CHRA calls on Canadians to push for housing investments via Finance’s online pre-budget consultation.
On the heels of an Employment and Social Development Canada study release stating that 2,250 veterans are homeless, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association is calling on the federal government to commit to comprehensively tackling Canada’s homelessness and housing crisis in its next federal budget.

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CHRA convenes partner gathering and meets with Minister Sohi

December 17, 2015

Earlier this week, CHRA convened a 2-day meeting with members and partners of the housing sector, including the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada, the British Columbia Non Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA), le Réseau Québecois des OSBL d’habitation (RQOH),  the Ontario Non Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH).

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Speech from the Throne reiterates support for significant social infrastructure investments

December 4, 2015

Earlier this afternoon, the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, delivered a very brief Speech from the Throne, articulating the government’s priorities at a high level for the 42nd Parliament.

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Close to half of all new parliamentary secretaries have connection to housing or homelessness

December 3, 2015

Yesterday afternoon, the Prime Minister announced the appointment of 35 parliamentary secretaries who will support cabinet ministers in fulfilling their respective mandates.

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Canada Can Show Leadership by Investing in Social Housing through Environmental Lens

November 20, 2015

Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna and Ontario Community Safety Minister Yasir Naqvi on Hand to Lend Support on National Housing Day.

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Kick Off of the Housing for All Post-Election Week Blitz

November 18, 2015

Last week, ministerial mandate letters were made public—a first in Canadian history. These documents lay out the Prime Minister’s expectations and instructions for each of his ministers. CHRA was encouraged to see housing mentioned in four separate portfolios. We were also pleased to see such an emphasis placed on transparency and collaboration to achieve government objectives.

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CHRA’s Newsletter

November 16, 2015

Duclos Confirmed as Minister Responsible for CMHC; Many Housing Champions in Cabinet; Long Form Census Reinstated; A Way Home: New National Coalition Works Together to End Youth Homelessness; Call for Information: International Review of Initiatives to Aid the Development of Income Mixed Housing; Webinars, Reports, People & Events.

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Watch the webinar Affordable Homeownership Partnerships with Habitat for Humanity Canada

November 6, 2015

Missed the CHRA webinar on Affordable Homeownership Partnerships with Habitat for Humanity Canada that took place on October 21st? Watch it here!