Funding for social housing in Canada is disappearing.
Over the past few years, the federal government has cut several million dollars a year from social housing through the non-renewal of several long‑term operating agreements established between social housing providers and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) during the period from 1970 to 1994.
By 2030, $1.7 billion in federal funding for social housing will have been lost; this amounts to nearly 85% of the federal housing budget.
Yet the Liberal government is refusing to renew its investments in social housing.
NDP Housing Critic Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet introduced a motion in the House of Commons to address this situation.
We the undersigned residents of Canada note the following
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, request that the Government of Canada, in collaboration with the provinces, territories, municipalities and community partners, maintain and expand, in line with Canada’s obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the federal investment in social housing, which would include the renewal of the funding of long-term social housing operating agreements, in order to preserve rent subsidies and provide funds for necessary renovations.