Federal, provincial and territorial forum on housing
Federal, provincial and territorial governments work together through the Forum on Housing. The Forum collaborates towards a long-term vision where everyone in Canada has affordable housing that meets their needs. This partnership ensures that housing solutions – from homelessness to market housing – work in tandem to meet the needs of Canadians.
The Forum is a membership-based group where ministers, deputy ministers and senior officials responsible for housing meet throughout the year to collaborate on shared priorities.
The Forum’s main goals are to:
inform housing policy and priorities
coordinate efforts across the housing sector
share best practices and identify research needs
monitor the success of the National Housing Strategy across Canada
collaborate on policy and program development to address emerging housing issues
Who are Forum members?
Ministers and government officials from the federal, provincial and territorial governments make up the Forum’s membership.
The provincial or territorial co-chair serves on a rotational basis, for a period of 2 years. Saskatchewan is the current provincial/territorial co-chair.
Full List of Minister Members of FPT Forum on Housing
Province or territory
The Honourable Jeremy Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services
The Honourable Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Housing, and Government House Leader
The Honourable Rochelle Squires, Minister of Families
The Honourable Dorothy Shephard, Minister of Social Development
Newfoundland and Labrador
The Honourable John Abbott, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social
Development, Minister Responsible for the Community Sector and Minister
Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
The Honourable Paulie Chinna, Minister Responsible for Housing Northwest Territories and Minister Responsible for Homelessness.
The Honourable John Lohr, Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing
The Honourable Lorne Kusugak, Minister of Economic Development and
Transportation and Minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing
The Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Prince Edward Island
The Honourable Matthew MacKay, Minister of Social Development and
The Honourable France-Élaine Duranceau, Minister responsible for Housing
The Honourable Ranj Pillai, Minister of Economic Development and
Minister responsible for the Yukon Housing Corporation
The Forum’s work
The Forum develops work plans for periods ranging from 1 to 2 years. The work plan is approved by all ministers and provides focus to the collaborative work of the Forum.
The current Forum’s work plan (January 2021 to December 2022) is divided in 3 working groups focusing on:
URBAN, RURAL AND NORTHERN INDIGENOUS HOUSING
Over 80% of Indigenous peoples live in urban, rural and northern areas. Indigenous peoples living in those areas experience higher rates of housing need and homelessness.
Access to safe, affordable and culturally appropriate housing is critical to improving health and social outcomes and to ensuring a better future for Indigenous communities and children. Collaboration between governments can help address some of the unique barriers Indigenous peoples face to access affordable housing.
HOUSING SUPPLY FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
The COVID-19 pandemic has put pressure on the housing system and on Canadians who do not have access to safe and affordable housing.
Housing solutions – including supportive and transitional housing – are needed to support those who are most impacted. Especially vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness.
NATIONAL HOUSING STRATEGY PROGRESS AND REPORTING
Federal, provincial and territorial governments are committed to achieving better housing outcomes under the National Housing Strategy.
Provinces and territories have set out targets and report on their progress in their bilateral agreements with the federal government and report on their progress.
Ongoing monitoring and examination of the effectiveness of initiatives delivered by provinces and territories under the National Housing Strategy can lead to better results and continuous improvements to the approach.
June 27 to 28, 2022 – Regina, Saskatchewan
Minister Gene Makowsky hosted the 2022 FPT Forum on Housing meeting in Regina, Saskatchewan. News Release — June 28, 2022
Minister Ahmed Hussen, Canada – Federal co-chair
Minister Gene Makowsky, Saskatchewan – Provincial/territorial co-chair
Minister Josephine Pon, Alberta
Deputy Minister Cynthia Farmer, delegate of Minister Jason Luan, Alberta
Parliamentary Secretary Dan Coulter, delegate of Minister Selina
Robinson, British Columbia