Peterborough-Kawartha – Today, Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, shared the Government of Canada and Government of Ontario’s agreement to provide direct affordability support community members who are in housing need through the Canada Housing Benefit:
“This will benefit families waiting for social housing, seniors, Indigenous peoples, those living with disabilities, survivors of domestic violence, and survivors of human trafficking. And there are thousands of them.
“The best thing about the benefit is that it is portable. A recipient can take the benefit and use it throughout Ontario. That gives them the mobility and the freedom to pursue new dreams and ambitions and to not be stuck in a particular community or situation. That mobility piece was something that came up a lot during our National Housing Strategy development consultations in Peterborough-Kawartha.
“We are all in this together. In Peterborough-Kawartha, and across the province and country, Canadians expect all levels of government to work together. Today is an example that when we work together, our constituents benefit.
“This past summer, we saw a glimpse of the vulnerabilities that exist here at home and how vital the need for affordable housing is. This Canada Housing Benefit, as part of the National Housing Strategy, is going to ease some of the pressures being faced, in addition to continued investments in more rental subsides and the building of new affordable housing.”
- Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with the Honourable Steve Clark, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, announced that both governments will provide direct affordability support to Ontarians who are in housing need. The joint investment of $1.4 billion will be the first under the Canada Housing Benefit.
- The Canada Housing Benefit will average out to an annual subsidy of about $2,500 a person once implemented across the country, though an exact figure for Ontario has not been finalized by the province.
- The Canada-Ontario Housing Benefit builds on the Canada-Ontario Bilateral Agreement under the National Housing Strategy which will provide more than $5.75 billion to protect, renew and expand social and community housing, and support Ontario’s priorities related to housing repair, construction, and affordability.
- The Canada-Ontario Housing Benefit will provide funding directly to households to help them afford their housing costs.
- In Ontario, the Canada-Ontario Housing Benefit will prioritize households in need that are on, or eligible to be on, a social housing waiting list and households in financial need living in community housing. This includes survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, persons experiencing or at risk of homelessness, Indigenous persons, seniors and people with disabilities.
- The Government of Canada will invest $2 billion in the Canada Housing Benefit across the country, which will be cost-matched by provinces and territories for a total $4-billion investment over 8 years, starting in spring 2020. The federal government and provinces and territories are working together to co-develop 13 housing benefit programs, one for each jurisdiction, that will respond to local housing affordability challenges.
- The Government of Canada is currently rolling out its National Housing Strategy (NHS), an ambitious 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 and reduce chronic homelessness by 50 per cent.