Let's support social housing in Canada.

The first step in eradicating poverty is ensuring that everyone has a roof over their head.

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.

Make your voice heard: support social housing.

We the undersigned residents of Canada note the following

WHEREAS:

  • In Canada, more than 620,000 social housing units, nearly all created between 1970 and 1994, were provided through long-term agreements with social housing providers ranging in length from 25 to 50 years.
  • These agreements allow social housing providers to financially support their tenants so that they have to spend only about 30% of their income on rent.
  • In the last four years, nearly 26,000 social housing units in Canada have been affected by the end of long-term agreements with the federal government. By 2016, that number will have increased to nearly 100,000.
  • As of today, the federal government is still refusing to renew these agreements.  By 2030, nearly 85% of the entire federal housing budget will have been cut.

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.

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