Federal, provincial governments agree to work together on housing

Housing ministers from federal, provincial and territorial governments have agreed to a renewed collaboration to tackle housing issues across Canada.

The officials met this week in Victoria, BC and discussed the development of a National Housing Strategy and agreed that a long term vision is essential for meeting the housing needs of Canadians, although a national plan is not certain to be implemented as there was some reluctance.

“While it shares a number of objectives with the other governments in the area of housing, the province of Quebec indicated that it did not intend at this stage to sign on to a National Housing Strategy, but would participate in working toward the development of such a strategy with a view to sharing information,” said BC housing minister Rich Coleman.

The key objectives of the plan are: to recognize and respect each other's specific roles and responsibilities; build upon and complement provincial and territorial strategies; and recognize that flexibility and sustainability are required to address varied housing challenges, including those facing Indigenous people and Canada's North.

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