New Policy Tools to Support Homes for All – CHRA

by ahnationtalk on March 17, 202312 Views

March 16, 2023

Carolyn Whitzman, Expert Advisor, Housing Assessment Resource Tools

In 2019, Canada adopted the National Housing Strategy Act, which commits all governments in Canada to “progressive realization of the right to adequate housing” with an emphasis on “improving housing outcomes for those in greatest need.” But many recent mid-way evaluations of the current National Housing Strategy make clear that all levels of government – local, regional, provincial/ territorial, and the federal – have failed to provide homes that are affordable or suitable to those who are underhoused or in core housing need. As the CHRA’s recent Blueprint for Housing sets out, a new approach is needed.

Central to the problem is the absence of shared, replicable, comparable and equity-focused data to measure housing need, as well as a lack of understanding of the policies that can provide the right supply for who needs what kinds of housing where.

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