Help Put Housing on the Premiers’ Agenda

July 7, 2013

Following up on their efforts to support Bill C-400 and a national housing strategy, the Dignity for All campaign is sending a letter to the Premiers in advance of the Council of the Federation meeting July 24-26. The letter urges Canadian premiers to put housing at the top of their agenda for this meeting. Specifically the letter calls on Canadian premiers to urge the federal government to renew the expiring federal operating funds for social housing and ask for a federal-provincial-territorial housing ministers’ meeting to lay the groundwork for a national housing strategy. 
The letter states:
“A robust national housing strategy based in human rights, which focuses on those most in need, includes measureable goals and timelines, engages a variety of stakeholders and provides monitoring and accountability mechanisms, is urgently needed.”

If your organization supports housing as a human right, as a key determinant of health, and a critical component of ending poverty, please consider signing the postcard below and sending it directly to Premier Wynne, the host of this year’s meeting. The postcard calls on the premiers to urge the federal government for implementation of a national housing strategy, and renewed funding of $1.7 billion in annual operating costs for social housing providers.

Download the postcard

The Canadian CED Network’s Work on Affordable Housing:

Housing relates directly to two CCEDNet-Manitoba policy resolutions, which are submitted and adopted by our members. Resolution 2013.5 calls on all levels of government to support the protection of existing, and creation of new affordable housing including through a national housing strategy. Resolution 2013.6 addresses the end of long-term operating agreements faced by housing cooperatives in Manitoba.