Federal and provincial ministers responsible for housing have concluded a summit in Victoria, and the drive is now on to shape a national housing strategy.
Canada is currently the only G-8 country without such a platform.
While no concrete details of a national strategy came out of the meeting, the ministers have agreed to a long term vision, which states “All Canadians have access to housing that meets their needs and that they can afford.”
The ministers have also agreed that any strategy will have to clearly recognize the roles of each level of government, and build on the provinces and territories current strategies.
Officials are now launching public consultations.
You can weigh in online through a federal website called Let’s Talk Housing.
Public consultations are also planned throughout the summer, and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation will be convening roundtables with indigenous communities, housing experts, and other stakeholders.
Ministers will meet again in the fall, and review the feedback.
On Sunday, Federal Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development Jeran-Yeves Duclos said he hoped to have a National Housing Strategy hammered out by the fall, in time to be included in Budget 2017.