Speaking Notes for
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
National Housing Strategy: National Stakeholder Roundtable
Delta Ottawa City Centre – Ballroom A
September 19, 2016
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Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for being here and for giving us the benefit of your knowledge in the context of developing Canada’s National Housing Strategy.
I have met with some of you on previous occasions, and my message, I hope, has been clear: the Government of Canada wants to re-engage with all of you, with the provinces and territories, and with indigenous governments and leaders, to improve access to affordable housing.
This is a key priority for us. We believe that all Canadians deserve access to housing that meets their needs and that they can afford.
When it comes to building an inclusive society where all Canadians share the same opportunities to succeed, housing matters.
The Government of Canada does not have all the answers.
Nor do we have all the tools needed to address persistent housing problems.
We have said from the start and repeat today: collaboration is vital in accomplishing our goals of our goals of economic development, inclusive development and sustainable development.
This is certainly the case for the challenges and objectives related to housing.
With input from all of you and many others, we will develop a National Housing Strategy that covers the entire housing continuum, from homelessness, to shelters, to social and affordable housing, to market rental and homeownership.
As you know, two weeks ago we heard from other housing experts during three days of roundtable consultations here in Ottawa.
You are building on this work today, by contributing your own expertise to analyze and improve on some of the most promising solutions that came out of those roundtables.
We are consulting – and we are listening – because housing is such an important component of our Government’s overall approach to strengthening the middle class, promoting inclusive growth for Canadians, and helping to lift more people out of poverty.
When the consultations wrap up next month, we will digest the vast amounts of information we are receiving to develop key pillars for the Strategy.
On November 22nd, in celebration of National Housing Day, I will release a report on what we heard and outline next steps toward establishing a shared vision for housing in Canada.
So thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts on how we can ensure that that all Canadians have access to housing that is sustainable, affordable, inclusive, accessible and flexible.
We want to get it right, and the best way to do that is by engaging in a vigorous dialogue, by challenging the status quo and by working together.