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National Action Plan Critical to Transform Housing

Mon Oct 16 10:34:19 CST 2017

The City of Regina eagerly anticipates the federal government’s long overdue National Housing Strategy that could transform Canada’s housing system for the long term.

“Cities recognize and applaud the federal government’s efforts and commitment to provide $15 billion over 11 years through the National Housing Strategy. The lack of affordable, safe housing and the issue of homelessness impacts too many families in our community. More needs to be done, and now is the time for action,” said Regina’s Mayor Michael Fougere.

Local governments across the country have participated in coming up with innovative solutions through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayors’ Caucus submission, “National Housing Strategy: Getting it Right”, which calls on the federal government to build new and repair existing social housing in Canada’s cities as well as boosting support for homelessness. 

“In addition to the action being taken on affordable housing by providing land for housing developments and by partnering with the province on tax incentives and grants for rental units, the City has contributed to our local fight against homelessness,” added Fougere. “The solutions are in reach, but we need senior orders of government to recognize their responsibilities and work towards concrete solutions.”  

The City of Regina is a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Big City Mayors’ Caucus (BCMC). BCMC represents 22 of Canada’s biggest cities, offering a forum for policy development on a range of issues affecting our largest municipalities. Through FCM, the BCMC partners with the federal government in nation-building through city-building.