Nova Scotians To Benefit From Renewed Commitment To Housing

first_imgProvincial, territorial and federal ministers responsible for housing have agreed, for the first time, on a set of principles that will help them create a long-term housing plan that ensures Canadians receive housing programs and services that meet their on-going needs. The ministers responsible for housing met in Nova Scotia on Thursday, Sept. 22, and Friday, Sept. 23, to discuss the creation of a Canadian Housing Framework that specifically addresses the need for emergency shelters, supported and transitional housing, affordable housing, assisted home ownership and market housing. “To achieve consensus on a long-term approach to housing is an extraordinary accomplishment,” said David Morse, Nova Scotia’s Community Services and Housing Minister and co-chair of the federal-provincial-territorial meetings. “For Nova Scotians, this means a renewed commitment to improved housing — including housing support for the homeless, emergency repairs to aging homes, and more subsidized and affordable housing.” At the meetings, federal, provincial, and territorial ministers established a working committee — co-chaired by Ontario and the federal government — to finish developing the framework. The framework is scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2005. The provincial and territorial ministers said during the discussions that they welcome the active participation of the federal government in housing. In 1997, the federal government transferred responsibility to Nova Scotia for social housing, but it became involved again in 2001 with the signing of the Affordable Housing Agreement. This renewed commitment to work with the provinces will benefit Nova Scotians because all housing partners share their expertise in the delivery of housing programs and services that address the region’s unique needs. “We look forward to working with our provincial and territorial colleagues and federal counterparts to develop a sustained and long-term approach to improve housing for Nova Scotians and all Canadians,” said Mr. Morse.last_img read more

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