A statement by the CUC National Voice Team on the announcement of a national housing strategy. The CUC National Voice Team consists of the President of the CUC Board, the President of the UU Ministers of Canada, and the CUC Executive Director.
On behalf of the members of the Canadian Unitarian Council and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers of Canada, we welcome the announcement on November 21, 2017, by the Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, of the federal government’s national housing strategy. Funding dedicated in this national plan to social housing, and to the needs of women, children, the homeless, people in housing need, and those who rent, is especially good news, and we receive it with appreciation and joy.
In May 2010, delegates to the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Unitarian Council unanimously adopted a resolution calling for the federal government, in consultation with residents across the country, to create a national affordable housing strategy that would begin to meaningfully address our nation’s full-spectrum housing crisis. Along with other religious bodies and civil society organizations, members of our congregations subsequently wrote and petitioned the federal government, as well as their Members of Parliament, to enact a national affordable housing strategy.
We are pleased with Minister Duclos’s statement that “the federal government is back in housing in a big way.” It is a crucial commitment, and long overdue.
Years ago, speaking of our dire housing needs, Roy Romanow said that Canada was a “nation half-built.” We encourage our federal government to follow through on funding and implementation of the housing strategy, and that it will continue to work with all levels of government and civil society, to build that neglected half of the house of our nation yet to be achieved.
We wish the Ministry, and all levels of government success in guaranteeing and realizing this fundamental right to safe, adequate and affordable housing for all our nation’s peoples.
Although the announcement about the National Housing Strategy has been made, we encourage you to continue writing to your Member of Parliament and the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development to ensure the strategy is implemented. Find your MP here.