Canada may soon lose the dubious distinction of being the only G8 country without a national housing strategy.
That’s according to Federal Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development Yves Duclos, who says such a program could be in place before the end of the year.
A national housing strategy, aimed at reducing homelessness and addressing challenges with social and affordable housing has long been a goal of housing advocates.
Now, Duclos says the gears are already in motion.
“We are consulting with provinces, territories, municipalities, and many other stakeholders on a comprehensive national housing strategy that will identify ways to achieve better outcomes across the housing continuum.”
Duclos says details on that consultation will be revealed “very soon,” but says the strategy could be hammered out within months.
“Our objective is to have one designed by the end of the fall so that it can be a very important input in budget 2017, which is going to set the agenda for our collaboration over the next… well we hope the next many years.”
Creating a national housing strategy was among Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promises in last year’s federal election.
Duclos meets Tuesday with his corresponding provincial ministers in Victoria to talk housing.