National advocacy is one of our top functions here at the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association. We lobby federal decision-makers and achieve results on a range of issues impacting the social, non-profit and affordable housing sector in Canada. At a national level, we’re here to respond to our members’ needs – when members reach out, we take action.
Our advocacy efforts have resulted in significant positive impacts for our sector. Examples of recent achievements and activities include:
Our work with the federal government on these and many other advocacy objectives continues. Find specific advocacy initiatives currently undertaken below. We are developing messages and resources for the 2019 federal election – stay tuned!
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. Read our submission.
As the voice for the social, non-profit and affordable housing sector in Canada, we engage with the federal government on an ongoing basis to provide input and feedback on the legislated human rights-based approach to housing. Prior to its announcement, we were pleased to share our insights and expertise to inform the design of a legislated right-to-housing. We also participated in the roundtables on the human rights-based approach to housing and submitted an ideas paper to the national consultation - our submission comments on the five elements of the human rights-based approach outlined by the federal government, and includes additional observations and recommendations to assist the government in developing meaningful rights-based legislation. Read our submission.
We firmly believe 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 childhood development and employment. Read more or find out how you can endorse the resolution.
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. Read the strategy.
At our town hall in December 2017, we discussed the federal government’s National Housing Strategy. It featured a presentation by Michel Tremblay, Senior Vice President, Policy, Research and Public Affairs; and Debbie Stewart, Director, Housing Needs from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The town hall allowed our members to ask questions and make comments about the strategy. View the recording.
We provided the Minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, with two sets of documents related to the release of the National Housing Strategy in fall 2017. The first includes recommendations on housing-related programs and announcements included in the federal Budget. The second is intended to serve as a policy framework for a distinct urban and rural Indigenous housing strategy. It was produced with the input of the Indigenous Caucus during its meeting in Halifax in May 2017, with oversight from CHRA's Indigenous Caucus Working Group. It is our position that there cannot be a National Housing Strategy without an Indigenous Housing Strategy. Read the submissions.