Parliament passes Libby’s Bill for a National Housing Strategy

Ottawa – Today, Parliament voted to move forward with the New Democrats’ National Housing Strategy, sending it to Committee.

“Parliament recognizes that it’s time for the federal government to step up and lead a coordinated approach to address Canada’s growing housing crisis,” said NDP MP Libby Davies (Vancouver East), the Bill’s sponsor. “Rising unemployment, housing costs, and the lack of safe, affordable housing affect the health and wellbeing of tens of thousands of Canadians,” said Davies.

NDP Housing Critic MP Megan Leslie (Halifax) has tabled dozens of petitions in Parliament calling for such a National Strategy. “Canada is the only G-8 country without a national housing strategy,” said Leslie. “This Bill makes economic sense and finally puts Canada on track to meet its national and international commitments to end homelessness.”

Several mayors, housing groups, and anti-poverty organizations have endorsed the bill which calls on the federal government to work with provincial, territorial, municipal and aboriginal counterparts to establish a housing strategy to address Canada’s housing crisis to ensure the cost of housing does not interfere with the ability to meet other basic needs like food and access to education.