01/14/2010

Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers met to discuss the future of housing and homelessness programs, and to provide input on program extensions.
This is the first time since 2005 that the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers have met to discuss housing.

Discussion focused on federal program extensions for Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI), Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) and Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). The federal government has been consulting with provinces and territories on the existing programs, canvassing for ideas on what has been working well and recommendations for future improvements. Input will be considered for the future allocations of funding for these programs in years 2011 – 2014.

In 2009, Canada extended the federal contribution for housing programs. $1.2 billion in combined federal and provincial contributions is available through to 2011. This includes:

  • $235m for the extension of the Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI);
  • $29m for the disabled;
  • $154m for seniors; and
  • $330m for social housing capital repairs.
Ontario has also received Ontario $36.1M in funding through the Homelessness Partnership Strategy for 2009 and 2010.

AMO has pushed for additional investment in social housing as an economic stimulus and as an important investment in communities. AMO continues to reinforce the need for long-term engagement for federal funding and the need for a National Housing Strategy. Consistent with AMO’s advocacy through the Provincial Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review, greater program and legislative flexibility and block funding are also important considerations in how the housing needs in Ontario’s communities can best be met.