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Text on screen: “Let’s Talk Housing” “LIVE STREAM WILL BEGIN SHORTLY” “letstalkhousing.ca” “#LetsTalkHousing”
Evan Siddall, President of CMHC: Good morning everyone and welcome. A special welcome to those of you who are participating via Facebook Live. A first experience for me and, I think, for the Minister. And to those of you participating across the country in National Housing Day events celebrating what we are doing here today.
(Visual: Evan Siddall, President of CMHC and Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development sit next to each other in front of a kitchen set. There is an oven, cupboards and a little snowman doll behind them. An audience sits in front of them and Evan addresses them.)
I am Evan Siddall, President of CMHC, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. And we’re going to kick this off!
Evan Siddall (via an interpreter): I am here with Minister Duclos. Minister, carry on, I am with the honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
We have representatives with 20 housing groups here. We are in Ottawa in the community housing unit called Beaver Barracks to celebrate this special day for the Canadian housing sector.
A day during which we recognize the importance of housing to our communities.
Evan Siddall: National Housing Day is a chance to acknowledge and celebrate the great work that is being done across the country to improve the lives of Canadians through housing.
And importantly to thank the people and the organizations such as those of you who are here, who are doing it.
Happy National Housing Day Minister Duclos.
Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development: Thank you, Evan. I think it is a happy day for all of us.
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Jean-Yves Duclos (via an interpreter): On behalf of the Canadian government I would like to thank and congratulate CMHC whom you represent Evan, for the key work you have done connecting with our community over the last month.
It was a collaboration that required the co-operation of lots of Canadians whom we’ll be talking about shortly. As well as communities and representatives, some of which are in this room.
So it’s a great day for the CMHC. It’s a great day for the Canadian government and more importantly, I think it’s a great day for all Canadians.
Evan Siddall: This celebration has generated more than the usual interest. With the promised release of the report on our consultations concerning the national strategy on housing.
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This is a conversation in which we have been engaged with Canadians over the past few months.
Jean-Yves Duclos: Well, Evan, I am certainly excited as I said to (be here) with you and with all of those who are able to join us on Facebook Live.
We are here to share the outcome of the national housing strategy consultations. I would like, of course, to thank the folks here at Beaver Barracks for hosting us today.
I am delighted, as I said, to be joined by people across the country from St John to Whitehorse to Victoria.
I’m told, in particular, several hundred people are watching us from the BC Non-Profit Housing Association Affordable Housing Conference in Richmond. You are far from our sight but you are close to our heart.
Jean-Yves Duclos (via an interpreter): I would also like to emphasize that we are meeting here today on the unceded traditional Algonquin territory.
Evan Siddall: Over the past few months CMHC has been helping the Minister and the government reach out to Canadians, to housing experts, and to stakeholders such as your organizations, to indigenous people and others to learn how we can achieve better housing outcomes for Canadians.
We have led a pretty extensive consultation process.
Jean-Yves Duclos: That is right Evan and the response has been tremendous both in quantity and in quality.
Thousands of Canadians have taken the time to answer online surveys and to submit ideas through social media channels.
Many others have contributed as you have to expert and stakeholder roundtables, participated in focus groups that submitted ideas through the Let’s Talk Housing website.
Jean-Yves Duclos (via an interpreter): Obviously housing is key to all Canadians and I can’t wait to respond to what we’ve heard during our collective work with Canadians over the last few weeks.
And my work in particular with the other federal ministers and my provincial and territorial counterparts in order to develop the national housing strategy which will be presented to Canadians in 2017.
It is a priority for our government for two reasons.
The first reason being that it is a priority within our overall framework intended to strengthen the middle class and to promote inclusive growth, and get more people out of poverty.
It’s also a priority because we know that housing is a key condition for our communities to work.
Jean-Yves Duclos: … last year’s budget 2.3 billion new dollars in new affordable housing investments for the next two years.
As you know, this funding, this short-term funding is being used to address what we know to be the most pressing housing needs in the short term.
That is going to be improving the living conditions of lower-income Canadians and middle-class Canadians across Canada and in particular, in older Inuit and First Nations communities.
However, we also recognize that much more needs to be done and that’s why new approaches are needed.
You have, as with many other Canadian families, you have seen the tremendous energy and the enthusiasm that this re-engagement of the federal government is generating.
That’s because families are struggling to meet their basic housing needs.
Much of the affordable housing that we do have is old or, at least, older than what it used to be, and is in need of significant repairs.
There are also significant gaps in our housing system that we need to address.
Jean-Yves Duclos (via an interpreter): Having said that, no order of government alone can solve all of these problems.
That’s why the national housing strategy is so important in order to pool our efforts and establish a common vision and common goals.
Now, over the last few months, you also know that our consultations demonstrated that there was a lot of real enthusiasm to do that together.
Evan, once again, I emphasize on the word “together” because we are privileged today to be connected through social media, but also with people right here in the room to tell all Canadians how we will do this work together.
The partners and the families presented a series of viewpoints to us that we have now in the report What We Heard.
Jean-Yves Duclos: … that have been made to consult with people who live in difficult housing circumstances every day of their lives. And those therefore that stand to benefit most from a national housing strategy.
We held focus groups with homeless people, newcomers, low-income Canadians, and seniors, and people with disabilities, just to name a few.
We have also engaged with indigenous people, indigenous communities, those that endure probably some of the most difficult housing conditions in Canada.
CMHC with your team has hosted expert roundtables on rural, removed and urban indigenous housing as well as northern housing.
CMHC has also met with the five national indigenous organizations and supported their own consultation forums.
Evan Siddall: Indeed, I couldn’t agree with you more, Minister. Improved housing outcomes for indigenous people and for the vulnerable populations in our country really is at the heart of what we are trying to achieve.
Evan Siddall (via an interpreter): We have to mobilize and listen carefully in order to understand the issues and the possible solutions. Why not talk about the report itself? What we learned thanks to the consultations.
Jean-Yves Duclos (via an interpreter): Very good question, Evan. There is a clear message that came out of those consultations that you see in the report which is that Canadians want better housing outcomes for housing especially for those who need the help the most.
These results will enable us to support this vision that was supported and this was a vision that we initially proposed for the national housing strategy.
Canadians, among other things, agree that all Canadians, all citizens of our vast country should have access to housing meeting their needs, a house that is affordable.
And that housing is one of the cornerstones for sustainable community development and inclusive communities and a vibrant Canadian economy in which everybody can have an opportunity to thrive.
Jean-Yves Duclos: Making affordable housing a catalyst for achieving many other benefits connected to good housing conditions.
If people have a home that is affordable, stable and that they are able to call their own then they are better equipped to continue their education, to sustain their employment and to support their family.
Affordable housing that is designed and built with other factors in mind such as being close to jobs, public transportation, community services, public space, daycare facilities and other amenities, also make it easier for people to connect with others. And to participate fully in the lives of their communities both the economic and the social, and the political lives as well.
This in turn has a snowball effect which revitalizes the economy and contributes to urban renewal and the creation of vibrant communities.
Now, no one will be surprised to hear that the issue of stable, long-term funding on the part of governments and the federal government in particular was raised by many participants.
Canadians expect governments to make the needed investment in housing to bridge the gaps between those who can access good housing and those that cannot.
Jean-Yves Duclos (via an interpreter): They also told us that we need innovative strategies to support our common vision and to help solve the most pressing problems in housing.
Canadians almost unanimously—well, for those who were generous enough to communicate with us—they told us that the government, aboriginal leaders and the private and not-for-profit sectors should work together to pool together their resources and the momentum generated by the consultations that we noticed over the last few months.
Canadians also believe that we should pay more attention to collecting, analyzing and sharing housing data in order to back up this innovation and common, and enlightened (decision-making) leading to more inclusive, more open, more transparent processes and more accountability to Canadians.
Jean-Yves Duclos: We need to focus our attention?
Evan Siddall: Yes, Minister where?
Jean-Yves Duclos: Well, that is a very good question—you’re very quick.
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Jean-Yves Duclos: An excellent question. Let me try to answer. Now clear themes, as you know Evan, and as all know by now, have emerged.
On the whole, Canadians agree that the national housing strategy must include measures to address the pressing housing needs of lower-income Canadians and vulnerable Canadians.
We need to end homelessness and make sure that seniors and lower income families can afford shelter as well as food and other necessities. It's more than just about bricks and mortar.
It’s about giving people the best opportunity to succeed and build better lives for themselves and for their families and for their communities.
Canadians also believe that we need to strengthen the capacity of housing providers to promote innovative financing models that will be better able to support the development of new affordable rental housing.
Jean-Yves Duclos (via an interpreter): Special attention needs to be paid to improving the housing conditions of indigenous people wherever they may live including, obviously, in the North.
Canadians believe that the solution involves a partnership that is more inclusive and more integrated, and that it requires greater housing autonomy on the part of the decision-makers, the communities and the indigenous groups.
We also heard that the national housing strategy should take care of the growing challenge in terms of affordability of housing for low-income and middle-income Canadians in many communities.
That includes having a full continuum of housing options including rental housing that his affordable and encourage housing real estate purchases in markets that are very overheated.
Canadians finally told us that the solution to the housing problem would need solutions that also integrate climate change concerns.
Jean-Yves Duclos: The consultations did more than pinpoint problems.
Many of them, many problems we do face but they also, more importantly, identified opportunities and innovative solutions to address these problems, and helped focus on measurable outcomes.
So all of this information and insight will be taken into account as we move forward with the strategy.
Now, it’s difficult, as you know Evan, to capture four, even five months of intensive consultations in the time available to us today.
Therefore I encourage all of us to visit the Let's Talk Housing.ca website and read the very impressive, at least that's my opinion, very impressive What We Heard report that was prepared independently.
Therefore have access to the more detailed analysis of what hundreds and thousands of Canadians have been generously telling us about housing.
Evan Siddall: I agree. In fact, I do think it's impressive and I don’t think we’re patting ourselves on the back when we say that because as you say, Minister, it was prepared by the Conference Board of Canada.
I’m sure what people in the room and our viewers on Facebook are wondering is what comes next and you should continue that so that I can follow…
Evan Siddall (via an interpreter): Canadians can expect the national housing strategy to be implemented. What shape will that take?
Jean-Yves Duclos (via an interpreter): Excellent question. The national housing strategy will help better harmonize our efforts with the other levels of government, provinces and territories, being our primary partners with whom we will now be reporting now that the report is available.
Jean-Yves Duclos: The whole government approach to developing the national housing strategy which also says that I have the obligation to work with my other colleagues in the federal Cabinet.
To engage with them on making sure that the opportunities created by this report, in terms of partnering with other partners across Canada, but partnering with other ministers in our government are fully taken into account.
That includes, as I said, issues of safety, issues of social inclusiveness, seniors, people living with disabilities, indigenous families, includes addressing public transit connections with housing, includes the environmental challenge that we all know are pressing and important in the minds of so many Canadians.
It's connecting people together and connecting dimensions together, that is the next challenge in building the national housing strategy.
Evan Siddall (via an interpreter): Thank you Mr. Minister for this introduction. Now let's take questions from the public and from the social media.
Evan Siddall: … magnificently. We have questions from around the country.
By the way, I am very happy to say that Let's Talk Housing, #letstalkhousing, is now trending in Canada. So, congratulations, we are getting some attention.
The first question comes from Michelle who evidently is from Kelowna. Her question she posts through Facebook.
She asks, “There used to be a federal incentive for developers to build rental housing. Is this back on the table? The rental availability in many communities is very low” and she cites Kelowna as an example of that.
Jean-Yves Duclos: Thank you for the question, Michelle. As I said earlier, we have a two-step strategy to re-engage the federal government in assisting the housing needs of Canadians.
The first step was announced in March 2016, and I’ll come back to that in a moment, the second step is what we are doing today: to build a national housing strategy and embark the federal government over the longer term, in fact, over the next ten years.
Now, that budget in March 2016 announced two important measures to support rental housing. The first is called an innovation fund. Now the call for proposals for that innovation fund was launched in August.
It’s possible for communities, organizations and other partners to submit their application in order to profit from the innovation fund that is going to support innovative matters of supporting the rental housing system.
The second thing that was also announced last March is the financing initiative, again to support rental housing. That program is going to be launched in the next few weeks.
It’s going to provide significant lending resources for communities again, organizations, stakeholders, again to assist the rental housing needs of our families.
Evan Siddall: Indeed, and you have asked CMHC to manage that program for you and we will be making an announcement shortly on applications processes, and all of the rest of that Minister.
Evan Siddall (via an interpreter): We received a question from Isabelle on Facebook in French which says, “What have you heard about helping young families?”
Jean-Yves Duclos (via an interpreter): This is the question that was asked a lot by those who were there with us over the last few months.
The challenges in terms of access to adequate and affordable housing are particularly acute for young families because these are families that are facing economic challenges that were not familiar to the previous generations.
There are precarious work salaries that are not always up to par given the needs of these families that have young kids.
There are community challenges such as childcare and transportation, and quality, adequate public services. In many of our communities families have major challenges when it comes to buying a home or even renting a house.
So the initiative that I mentioned will support the development of the rental market and that will help them. Longer term, the investments we’ll be making in affordable housing in partnership with all communities and our partners will also make a major difference.
Evan Siddall (via an interpreter): Absolutely.
Evan Siddall: The BC Non-Profit Housing Association is meeting in Vancouver at their central conference and we have a question from them.
You can see them virtually through the camera;“Local governments play an important role in supporting the federal mandate to provide and maintain affordable housing stock in municipalities across Canada. How will the federal government be working more directly with regional and municipal governments in not only developing, but implementing a national housing strategy?”
Jean-Yves Duclos: I like that question very much. It has been an important question in my respectful, engaged, and nice discussions with my colleagues from provinces and territories.
We have had an open debate on the value of having a more open, inclusive partnership with other levels of government including municipalities, with other partners, those that are found in communities that are there with both a great deal of availability and a great deal of capability to support our investments.
We are going to develop ways and means to be both respectful of our primary partnership with provinces and territories, as well as being more open and transparent and accountable in the use of the resources of the federal government is going to provide over the long term.
Evan Siddall: About a month and a half ago, you and I met with the Big City Mayors’ Caucus of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
There’s a question here from Jason—excuse me, from Roger on Facebook and he says, “Let's talk about social housing in small communities. What are your thoughts on small communities versus the larger urban centres from a social housing perspective?”
Jean-Yves Duclos: Small communities face challenges that are different from those we find in larger cities.
Small communities are where families often have more difficult transportation issues, and more difficult access to good quality childcare services, more difficult—or at least—lengthier or more complicated access to good education for their children.
And, of course, the economic development of smaller communities is often surrounded with challenges of globalization, displacement, natural resource development.
We know that these challenges of smaller communities are different from those of larger cities and particularly for housing. The housing stock has also become older in those smaller communities.
There are often more seniors. The average age of families, I mean they are often also a bit larger, so with age comes a different set of needs and priorities. We want to be flexible and able to meet those different needs.
Evan Siddall: Great. We have a microphone if anyone…
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Evan Siddall (via an interpreter): … in the room has any questions? Yes sir.
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Evan Siddall: Can we get a microphone around the back there? Just so they hear you on Facebook Live.
Audience Member: Hi Minister, David (inaudible) from the Canadian Home (inaudible) Association. I think the report is an excellent basis for moving forward.
(Visual: A man wearing a black suit in the back row has the microphone.)
Audience Member: I was going to just focus on one aspect of the report that maybe is implicit throughout it, but that we could focus on a bit which his capacity building, and knowledge generation, and spreading best practices, and that sort of thing.
I am just wondering whether we can work together further on building the institutional capacity to do new and different things over time.
Of course, indicators will be supportive of that, and also the whole development of forums for research and analysis, and also forums for building partnerships and ventures between the private sector and the public sector.
Jean-Yves Duclos: This is part of a broader ambition that we have for CMHC.
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Jean-Yves Duclos: CMHC we hope will be both willing and able to play an increased role in doing exactly what you just said; providing, first, better information and second, better understanding of both the situation of the housing conditions of our families, and how to improve on that situation in an institutional/partnership manner. Evan, that’s going to be a challenge for you. Are we ready to address that challenge?
Evan Siddall: We are ready and that’s a bit of a soft-ball Minister, thank you.
The Minister and I have had many conversations about this: about our responsibility to build capacity and to convene discussions such as what you are talking about. And quite importantly, to build our database and information flow with Canadians.
We have started that but we have some work to do and as the Minister knows we are going to be giving him a report at the end of the year on our plans for addressing data and research gaps.
I saw another question right nearby here. Sir?
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Audience Member: John Dickie the president of the Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations. In both the questions today and the report, we see a great deal of discussion of the needs of occupants, residents in social housing and, of course, those needs are important. But, in addition, we must not forget that a million Canadian households are in core housing need.
(Visual: A man in a striped red tie asks a question has the microphone. Other audience members listen, and a photographer takes pictures.)
Audience Member: Indeed, many are in deep core housing need and apart from their social assistance benefits or their very modest earnings they are receiving no assistance for housing.
What did the CMHC and the government hear concerning those concerns and are you able to share today any thoughts as to how the government may address those concerns of those people?
Jean-Yves Duclos: Yes, we have heard—if I may summarize what you said in a different manner—we have heard two separate sets of concerns. Let's call them people-centred concerns and place-centred concerns.
Jean-Yves Duclos: The people-centred concerns very much turned around what you just said; the fact that what matters are people. We want to make sure that wherever Canadians in need are found they are able to receive the support that they need and they expect from their government.
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Particularly if they live in very difficult housing or economic circumstances. It’s an issue and the ideas have been provided around that issue, and now the next step is to see how to digest those views and ideas.
As I said, with provinces and territories which do have a role to play in the way that you just mentioned, but also in the federal government which is there to promote social inclusion and reduce poverty as well.
Evan Siddall: I think we have time for maybe a couple more questions. Josh from Facebook poses one. He asks you Minister, “How will the federal government support community services that go beyond just providing the bricks and mortar of housing?”
Jean-Yves Duclos: That’s a question that I also like very much. It comes back to the point that I made earlier when I said we want to connect partners together. We also want to connect the dimensions of the lives of our families together.
We know that housing itself is very important, not only for pure physical safety, but also because housing connects importantly with other dimensions of the lives of families.
Let me take just the example of seniors. For seniors, the ability to transit, to transport themselves and have access to a safe environment, to have access to home care, to health care, to keep their participation in social and economical life.
We recognize and we have heard the importance of including dimensions in this broad housing agenda. Again, clearly we’ll need to partner with the communities to do that.
The federal government is not the best designed to support health care services, and home care services, and doesn’t have all the answers—the right answers when it comes to full social and economic inclusion of our families.
Partnership with local organizations, municipalities and with provinces and territories is going to be key in doing just that.
Evan Siddall: Absolutely. And a microphone is on its way over to you. We have a question here in the room.
Audience Member: Good morning. Thank you, Mr. Minister. My name is Michael Bach, Canadian Association for Community Living, and we work with, we support people with intellectual disabilities. There are many Canadians with disabilities who lack access to affordable housing.
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Audience Member: One of the big challenges though is that many people with disabilities are living in congregate facilities, are in acute care hospitals, are in large group homes in the community, are having to go into nursing homes at ages 25 and 35.
In part it’s because of a lack of income security and in part it's a lack of the support services in the community that you have talked about.
But there are also many of our organizations on the ground who have this kind of stock, who have expertise in supporting people to make their own independent pathway into the housing market.
You’ve talked about working with governments, with municipalities; there’s immense capacity among community organizations but they’re going to need assistance to turn some of their thinking around, their housing stalk around, to develop new partnerships.
It sounds soft, but unless we build a new relationship and support their transformation, I don’t think we’re going to be able to get some of those who are in the ‘hardest to serve’, if you will, into the housing market.
Can we anticipate seeing a relationship with the federal government to support that kind of transformation of civil society capacity, community capacity on the ground?
We very much appreciate the commitment to social inclusion, but making that real, building the social infrastructure for it on the ground is going to take investments in that kind of capacity and transformation.
Jean-Yves Duclos: I appreciate and I am grateful for your input. Two keywords, I think, proactivity or flexibility and transformation.
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Jean-Yves Duclos: I am feeling, as you do, tremendous ability of our communities to use their human resources and their experience and expertise to support the objectives of governments.
Therefore, in that context we want to be flexible and we want to be proactive in allowing for investments. I’m not sure exactly how that will be done.
This is certainly a key input we have received in consultation, in allowing for the federal investment to be proactively supporting the energy of communities.
Because this is where, as you said, again the expertise, the energy and the experience lie. Very much.
The second thing is transformation because we always want to do better. There are things we have learned over the last decade that perhaps did work fine but could work much better.
Learning on the basis of that learned experience is going to be key for advancing the goals of the national housing strategy and we’re counting on you for that.
Evan Siddall (via an interpreter): Mr. Corriveau wants to ask another question.
Audience Member (via an interpreter): Hi, I am Stephane Corriveau of the Canadian Urban Housing Renovation and the Quebec Housing Network. Thank you, the report is exemplary and the approach was really inspiring. Thank you for that.
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Audience Member Question (via an interpreter): A few weeks ago you were in Quito for an international conference and the Canadian government send a declaration saying that, basically, the right to housing is fundamental.
And it was a repeat of the previous commitment by the federal government. In Canada, there are people living in housing that is more or less acceptable, and 1.6 million people living in substandard housing because of the poor quality of the housing.
Is the Canadian government, or the question is, what can we do - those of us in the room and across Canada who are listening to you - what can we do to help you to work to make sure that your Cabinet colleagues and your provincial counterparts can understand and accept the notion that housing is a fundamental human right and that the measures or means of the federal and provincial counterparts will be sufficient to meet the needs?
Because housing has all the spinoffs—the effects—on housing, work, health and all of that. What do you expect from us? What can we do to help you now and throughout the other steps in this process to ensure that the means will be there for the issues we have identified?
Jean-Yves Duclos (via an interpreter): Thank you, Stephane. I would like to congratulate and thank through you all of the other partners who were in Quito like you, but who over the last few months, helped us develop this report. Because it is a collective result this report.
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As Evan just said, we simply put it together. The input is from you. From the communities.
So what can the community do in the short-term and in the longer term to support our wish to further support what you are doing well.
Two things; the first is to continue to express your viewpoint in the forum that you can access and to continue, I think, to speak up about the importance of a more open, more inclusive and more accountable partnership that is with the different partners who are willing to work to improve the housing conditions of our families.
The second thing is longer term.
Obviously, after the strategy has been officially announced and once the Canadian government commitments in the long term (inaudible) will be ready to answer the call that you will be receiving because, as I just said, we want to make sure that your energy, your expertise can, as much as possible, help us to help you.
Because the Canadian government will always be limited in its capacity to take action correctly because resources are always limited. What we hope, what we wish is that you be available and that you put your expertise to work so that those resources that we will be ear marking have the most impact in the families.
Evan Siddall (via an interpreter): Do you want to take another question from the Federation of Quebec Housing Builders on Facebook?
“After the consultations do you intend to set up concrete measures to improve access to housing?”
Jean-Yves Duclos (via an interpreter): Well, this is an issue. Access to housing is part of the continuum.
Jean-Yves Duclos (via an interpreter): Depending on the housing circumstances, we know that when we can help families from an economic and housing standpoint to take them into growing through this spectrum of housing, then it means that we have a greater chance of ensuring that families who wish to do so can acquire a home.
It’s by working on housing affordability and including affordable rental housing, and it’s by working also on preserving our social housing stock.
By rehabilitating and renovating and broadening that stock of rental housing. It's by working on that whole continuum of housing that we will be able to support our families’ capacity of buying a home.
We know that many of the families wish to do so but in some communities it’s very hard right now.
Therefore, by playing on the continuum and, I repeat, by working with our partners who often have an even more important role to play in terms of housing acquisition, and it’s the role of the municipalities when it comes to urban planning, that’s where we can maximize the opportunities for families who want to buy a home.
Evan Siddall: Thank you everyone for your thoughtful questions here in the room and your insights into the What We Heard report.
I should assure you that we are not ending this here. In fact, CMHC will continue to respond to questions on social media.
Evan Siddall (via an interpreter): Thank you Mr. Minister Duclos for coming, for being here to talk about the report and for taking our questions.
I meet the Minister regularly to discuss housing issues and CMHC will continue to support the elaboration and the implementation of a national housing strategy which was enriched by all of your contributions and by the thousands of people from one end of the country to another.
Jean-Yves Duclos: … a collective outcome from a collective effort.
I am very grateful to all of you in this room and in many more outside of this room for your contributions to the consultation on national housing strategy.
Jean-Yves Duclos (via an interpreter): You took the first steps towards achieving this vision that is now a shared vision that is that all Canadians should have access to housing according to their needs and that it should be affordable.
That access to housing is the cornerstone to the development of sustainable, inclusive communities, and communities that will underpin economic development that will strengthen the middle class and all of those who want to belong to it.
Evan Siddall (via an interpreter): Have a good day everyone. Thank you very much, goodbye.
(The audience members applaud as the session finishes.)
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Lets Talk Housing: What We Heard Live Event held November 22, 2016.