By 2030, we want everyone in Canada to have a home that they can afford and that meets their needs. But we can’t reach this ambitious goal alone. Partnerships must be at the heart of everything we do. They need to be nurtured, developed and, often, re-examined. That’s why we’re looking at ways we can further cultivate collaboration.
“It’s not a small job, housing,” says Frank French, the housing manager for Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. He took on his new role in 2016 and, shortly after, enrolled in Vancouver Island University’s Housing Manager Program.
Last year, we partnered with communities and academic institutions to expand the delivery of housing manager training programs. Some 139 Indigenous housing professionals, like Frank, enrolled in the specialized programs. These programs provide the opportunity to learn, network with other communities and compare best practices.
In the spirit of reconciliation, we continued to support the goal of Indigenous autonomy, control and self-determination. In 2018, we negotiated several contracts with First Nation organizations Canada-wide to deliver CMHC technical services on reserve, helping to improve housing outcomes.
We also set the foundation for all levels of government to work together to achieve a long-term shared vision for housing. The multilateral Housing Partnership Framework was endorsed by our provincial and territorial counterparts. It sets the stage for the launch of provincial- and territorial-delivered National Housing Strategy (NHS) initiatives.
Relationships are also at the core of the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, an NHS initiative we launched last year. The Co-Investment Fund prioritizes projects that support partnerships between governments, non-profits, the private sector, Indigenous organizations and others. The goal? To make federal investment go further and reach more households.
Through the NHS and beyond, we continue to build and encourage relationships that support housing outcomes.