You’re Invited: City of Vancouver’s Re:Address Week Public Event Series on Housing Affordability October 24 – 28, 2016, at No Cost for Most Events

The following video presents BC Consultation on the National Housing Strategy:
On September 13th and 14th, 2016, housing experts from across B.C. came together to discuss what they’d like to see included in the federal government’s forthcoming National Housing Strategy.

Over 100 stakeholders discussed a range of housing issues affecting British Columbians including:
• Rental Supply
• Affordable Home Ownership
• First Nations Housing
• Serving the Most Vulnerable
• Social Housing
• Sustainable Communities

The input gathered through the facilitated workshops will help to frame British Columbia’s feedback in the development of the new National Housing Strategy.

This is an update to the previous blog, Canada’s New National Housing Strategy – Canadians, Share Your Ideas & Views before October 21, 2016 + Belinda’s Place Opens to Offer Affordable Housing for Canadian Women Who are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness

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The City of Vancouver’s Re:Address Week will feature a series of events designed to improve the dialogue on housing affordability in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

“Vancouver’s housing crisis is impacting people of all ages and neighbourhoods, with young people being hit especially hard. Vancouver is doing everything we can to protect and build affordable homes, using all tools available to ensure the best use of all our housing, but we need the support of senior governments to deepen affordability and support both owners and renters in this tough market. The federal government’s National Housing Strategy is a tremendous opportunity to up the ante on investments in affordable housing.”

Mayor Gregor Robertson

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  • Re:Address Week will run October 24 – 29, offering a wide variety of engaging events that will take place, throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

“Come participate in an innovative, accessible, and interactive process with global leaders, local experts, and engaged citizens that will help us shape the priorities of our Housing and Homelessness Strategy over the next five to ten years.

We will be exploring ways to best deliver a diversity of long-term housing solutions that are resilient, future-focused, and – most of all – target the needs of people who live and work in Vancouver.

The housing crisis has produced a wealth of innovative ideas. Now we need a diversity of voices and creative partnerships to bring these ideas to fruition.”

The City of Vancouver and its partners and collaborators invite you to “explore ideas, share solutions and envision futures where cities are able to produce a diversity of housing options that reflect the needs of all their citizens,” at the following FREE events: Read more of You’re Invited: City of Vancouver’s Re:Address Week Public Event Series on Housing Affordability October 24 – 28, 2016, at No Cost for Most Events

Canada’s New National Housing Strategy – Canadians, Share Your Ideas & Views before October 21, 2016 + Belinda’s Place Opens to Offer Affordable Housing for Canadian Women Who are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness

Canadians are invited to help shape the National Housing Strategy by joining the conversation on www.LetsTalkHousing.ca. Your ideas will help shape the future of housing in Canada.

The following video presents Let’s Talk Housing – Help shape Canada’s National Housing Strategy:
“Minister Jean-Yves Duclos invites you to share your ideas on the future of sustainable, affordable and inclusive housing in Canada. Submit them on our interactive website or upload a written submission: http://ow.ly/ZCax301Juad

“The Government of Canada believes that all Canadians deserve access to housing that meets their needs and that they can afford. Working with the provinces and territories, we are reaching out to Canadians to help develop a new National Housing Strategy.

Make your voice heard by sharing your ideas, taking a brief survey or submitting your views in writing before October 21, 2016. Your ideas will help shape the future of housing in Canada.”

Recently, Governments of Canada and Ontario, along with the Regional Municipality of York, celebrated the official opening of new affordable housing for individuals and families in York Region.

  • The event took place at Belinda’s Place, located at 16580 Yonge Street in Newmarket.
  • The facility provides 37 units for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The following video presents Belinda’s Place:
This is Belinda’s Place and it’s part of our community here in York Region. It’s where women who are homeless or at risk of being homeless can get back on their feet. And it’s where caring staff work with clients to create a brighter future and pave the way to get there.
For more information on Belinda’s Place, visit york.ca/housing and BelindasPlace.ca.

Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing in York Region

Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing in York Region

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Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing in York Region

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isarc's image: The Ontario Government's 2013 Budget

isarc’s image: The Ontario Government’s 2013 Budget

On May 2, 2013 the Ontario government of Canada released the proposed 2013 budget to be debated at Queen’s Park over the next couple of weeks.

The provincial government has reported that the Ontario Child Benefit provides financial support that has helped lift 40,000 children out of poverty.

According to the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC):

  • The majority of Ontario children receiving social assistance benefits (67%) are in lone-mother led families
  • The provincial child poverty rate is 12.6%, or 345,000 children (using 2005 Statistics Canada data on tax income)
    • That is, one of every eight children in Ontario is living in poverty

    • The rate declined slightly from 2004 to 2005, but has been on an upward trend since 2001

    • Ontario’s child poverty rate is the fourth highest in Canada – 44% of all low-income children in Canada live in Ontario

  • Poverty rates for children in Aboriginal, racialized, new immigrant and lone mother-led families are at least double the provincial rate
  • In 2007, a single mother with one young child on social assistance had a family income that was at least $5,357 below the poverty line
  • Full-time, full-year work at Ontario’s new minimum wage of $10.25 an hour generates earnings that are approximately $3,000 below the poverty line
  • 70% of all low-income children in Ontario live in families where at least one parent is working part-time or full-time, yet the families are unable to earn enough to lift family income above the poverty line
  • Parents who are unable to be in the workforce and rely on social assistance struggle on welfare benefits that are as low now as they were in 1967
  • Average CEO salary has grown from 25 times the average Canadian income in 1980 to 250 times the average income in 2011
  • In 2009, Ontario spent $64 per person on affordable housing compared to the average among all provinces of $115 per person

Premier Kathleen Wynne highlighted the 2013 Budget’s proposed increases to the Ontario Child Benefit, which helps about one million low- to moderate-income children across the province in the following manner:

  • The Ontario government is proposing to increase the Ontario Child Benefit’s annual maximum payment by up to $210 over the next two years
    • This would raise the maximum payment from $1,100 to $1,310 per year for each child, helping parents with their family expenses

    • The Ontario Child Benefit helps low-income parents provide for their children, whether they are working or not

  • In order for parents to receive this year’s proposed increase of $110 this July, the Budget 2013 bill would have to be passed and proclaimed before July 1, 2013
    • The benefit would also increase by another $100 per year as of July 1, 2014

  • Parents don’t need to apply for the Ontario Child Benefit
    • To be eligible they must file their income taxes, register for the Canada Child Tax Benefit, have a child under age 18, and live in Ontario

The Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC)‘s response to Ontario government’s 2013 budget is given in the following press release:

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2014 Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainability Conference & Trade Show's Host: Charlottetown, PEI

2014 Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainability Conference & Trade Show's Host: Charlottetown, PEI

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) programs address the following concerns:

  • Green initiatives:
    • Green Municipal Fund: $550M fund by the Government of Canada to support municipal efforts to improve air, water and soil quality
  • Affordable housing
    • Affordable housing units by removing a significant number of regulatory barriers.
  • Women in local government
    • The United Nations defines 30 per cent as the minimal percentage of women required for government to reflect women’s concerns.
    • Women represent 16 per cent of mayors and 25 per cent of councilors in Canada, for an average of 24 per cent.
      • In absolute terms, of 23,821 elected officials, 5,734 are women.
    • Based on current statistics, Canada would need 1,412 more women in elected office today to reach the 30 per cent target.
      • That means increasing the number of women in municipal government by roughly 100 every year for the next 15 years.
    • FCM wants to help close this gender gap.

Also, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities programs provide an opportunity for Canadian municipalities to share know-how and resources domestically as well as overseas through international development initiatives.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainability Conference & Trade Show is FCM’s annual Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show, which provides municipal leaders with proven solutions for sustainable community development.

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This is an update to my previous posts:

Here is a video showing the exciting revitalization and transformation of the West Don Lands in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, into a beautifully designed, sustainable mixed-use riverside community as well as the temporary Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes’ Village in 2015:

“THE CITY OF TORONTO, PROVINCE OF ONTARIO AND GOVERNMENT OF CANADA ARE COMMITTED TO MAKING THE REVITALIZATION OF TORONTO’S CENTRAL WATERFRONT A REALITY.”

Henceforth, Ontario is starting construction for a new waterfront community in the West Don Lands for the following purposes:

Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes' Village. Above, a conceptualization.

Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes' Village. Above, a conceptualization.

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