What We Heard: Shaping Canada’s National Housing Strategy

Executive Summary

National consultations were launched to solicit the views of individual Canadians and housing organizations, experts and stakeholders on the vision, outcomes, themes and principles for a National Housing Strategy. This report highlights what was heard during the four-month consultation process. It includes input and analysis from an online survey, expert and stakeholder roundtables, focus groups, and written submissions. It also reflects the views, ideas and insights of thousands of Canadians who participated in the consultations through the Let’s Talk Housing website and social media channels.

In the months ahead, all of the input received through the consultations will be used to develop recommendations for a National Housing Strategy. We will continue to work with our primary partners, the provinces and territories, on a housing strategy that is national in nature but that recognizes regional housing conditions. The strategy will bring greater collaboration between those who fund, plan and deliver housing so that collectively we can better meet the housing needs articulated by Canadians through the NHS consultation process.

Additionally, priority will be placed on continuing and completing the consultations with national Indigenous organizations on how to best meet the housing needs of Indigenous Canadians wherever they may live. We want to assure all those Canadians that took the time to provide their thoughts and aspirations on a National Housing Strategy that their efforts are valued. In return, we are committing to release a comprehensive National Housing Strategy in 2017.

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