Federal government meets with Vancouver housing partners

Officials and stakeholders from the Vancouver region met with a federal government minister last week to discuss issues relating to the National Housing Strategy.

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development met with Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Burnaby mayor Mike Hurley, and non-profit housing stakeholders.

They talked about affordability issues in the region and how they can build on existing relationships.

"Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. That's why our government launched Canada's very first National Housing Strategy, to lead the fight against homelessness and improve access to affordable housing in all corners of the country. Much of this work is well underway, and I'm pleased to sit down with partners in government, non-profits and the affordable housing community to listen to their experiences, and bring their voices to Ottawa,” said Mr Hussen.

The Government of Canada continues to roll out its National Housing Strategy (NHS), a 10-year, $55 billion plan that will create 125,000 new housing units and lift 530,000 families out of housing need, as well as repair and renew more than 300,000 housing units. It aims to reduce chronic homelessness by 50%.

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