Over the last several months, housing experts, stakeholders, and Canadians from all walks of life participated in “Let’s Talk Housing” consultations and shared their views to help shape a National Housing Strategy (NHS) that will strive to improve the lives of those in greatest need.
On the occasion of National Housing Day, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), today released a “What We Heard” from Canadians report.
This summary report takes stock of the consultations, identifies emerging themes and highlights exciting ideas to help define the future of housing in Canada.
The national consultations explored new and innovative ways of responding to persistent housing challenges, including ways to improve housing outcomes for Canadians as a cornerstone for achieving broader socio-economic objectives.
“Ensuring that Canadians have access to affordable housing, with all of the socio-economic benefits that come with it, is a key priority for the Government of Canada. The input and ideas we received from Canadians will be invaluable in helping to shape a National Housing Strategy that delivers better housing, socio-economic and environmental outcomes for all Canadians.”
— The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
- To ensure that we heard from people who have been homeless or are living in subsidized housing, newcomers to Canada and persons with disabilities, among others, focus groups were held across the country.
- The Government of Canada, through CMHC, sought the input of provinces and territories who held their own consultations, and provided their ideas on the future of housing in Canada. CMHC hosted a series of expert roundtables on themes ranging from housing finance and data to social inclusion and sustainability.
- CMHC also sought the advice and input of key national housing stakeholders, and held roundtables on rural, remote and urban Indigenous housing, as well as northern housing.
|Online NHS Engagement Activities||Levelof Engagement|
|Let’sTalk Housing NHS Survey||6,351 completed surveys|
|Idea Sharing Platform||132 ideas submitted|
|OnlineWritten Submission Uploads||478 written submissions|
|Social Media Comments — #LetsTalkHousing||1905 ideas on social media|
|Targeted NHS Engagement Activities||Level of Engagement|
|Let’s Talk Housing Expert and Stakeholder Roundtables||22 roundtables|
|Focus Groups with Vulnerable Peoples||21 focus groups|
|Public Opinion Research||8 focus groups|
|MP Townhalls||10 Townhall meetings|
|Bilateral meetings and forums with Indigenous organizations||15 Bilateral meetings and forums