FCM National Action Plan for Housing


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Perhaps this new plan will have some positive impact where others have failed. One thing’s for sure… the problem is not new, it’s real, and it’s growing.


Federation of Canadian Municipalities Launches 
National Action Plan for Housing

(Vancouver, BC, January 23, 2008) - With thousands of Canadian families 
struggling to find an affordable place to live and federal housing funds 
scheduled to end in March 2009, Canada urgently needs a renewed 
funding commitment and a national housing plan led by the 
Federal government.

That was the message today as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities 
(FCM) released its National Action Plan for Housing at a news conference 
led by Mayors Sam Sullivan of Vancouver, BC and Anne Marie DeCicco-Best 
of London, ON, Co-Chairs of the FCM Big City Mayors’ Caucus Working Group 
on Housing.

“Too many Canadians are forced to choose between food and rent, clothes 
for the kids or making the mortgage payment,” said Mayor Sullivan. “The high 
cost of housing also undermines the ability of people who want to get ahead 
but cannot, because they cannot afford a secure and decent place to live.”

An FCM report released last week confirmed earlier and troubling trends, most 
notably that finding adequate housing was becoming an issue even for the 
so-called middle class and chronic, systemic homelessness continues in 
Canada’s urban areas.

“This Action Plan was developed with the participation of municipal leaders 
across the country,” said Mayor DeCicco-Best. “We will share the plan with 
the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Housing, who will hold their 
annual meeting here in Vancouver in February. We urge all governments to take 
ownership of these issues and work with municipalities to find a lasting solution.”

The Plan examines three investment scenarios, each designed to meet our goals. 
FCM’s preferred option is the mid-range one of $3.35 billion annually, which 
requires only marginal increase over current spending. These costs would be 
shared by the Federal and Provincial or Territorial governments, with 
municipalities also playing an active role through local strategies.

“We are deeply concerned about the upcoming expiry of all Federal housing 
programs in March 2009,” said FCM President Gord Steeves. “There is no choice. 
The Federal government must put an end to the chronic uncertainty around 
affordable housing and play a strong leadership role by committing to a 
long-term strategy working with provinces and municipalities, as well as the 
community sector. Today we are proposing an ambitious, but realistic plan to 
address these most pressing problems.”

2008/00/00 – source: headline

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