Consult on National Housing Strategy, Accessibility Legislation and Poverty Reduction Strategy Study

Submitted by Kirsti Battista on August 5, 2016 - 5:46am

Three federal consultations related to national initiatives that will address housing, accessibility, and poverty reduction are currently open for public feedback.

National Housing Strategy Consultation

The federal government is currently working with provinces and territories and indigenous groups to develop a new National Housing Strategy that will meet the needs of all Canadians. During the summer of 2016, up to October 21, the government is inviting individuals as well as groups from the private sector, non-profit, municipalities to share their views on the National Housing Strategy through an online survey and through written submissions. In the fall, the government will also be reaching out to housing experts to get their ideas on the future of housing in Canada, and approaches to housing challenges that could become part of the strategy.

On November 22nd, National Housing Day, the government will release the results of what they heard from Canadians through an online Town Hall and post the report on the website.

Help shape the future of housing in Canada by taking this brief survey or submit your views in writing before October 21, 2016.

Federal Consultations on Accessibility Legislation 

The federal government is consulting with Canadians on planned accessibility legislation between July 2016 and February 2017.  

Many Canadians continue to face barriers that affect their ability to participate in daily activities that most people take for granted. These could include: 

  • physical and architectural barriers that impede the ability to move freely in the built environment, use public transportation, access information or use technology; 
  • attitudes, beliefs and misconceptions that some people may have about people with disabilities and what they can and cannot do; and 
  • outdated policies and practices that do not take into account the varying abilities and disabilities that people may have. 

In developing this new legislation, the Government of Canada is consulting Canadians both in person and online. 

The Government of Canada is seeking your ideas to inform the development of this planned new legislation, including: 

  • feedback on the overall goal and approach; 
  • whom it should cover;
  • what accessibility issues and barriers it should address;
  • how it could be monitored and enforced;
  • when or how often it should be reviewed;
  • how and when to report to Canadians on its implementation; and
  • how to raise accessibility awareness more generally and support organizations in improving accessibility.

The public consultation will be open until February 2017 and information on viewpoints received will be made available after the consultation is closed. The online questionnaire and discussion guide are available on the government's website

The federal government will incorporate the feedback they receive into reports that will be made available on the consultation website and in alternate formats, on request.

Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation/Study

The federal Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities has launched a study of poverty reduction strategies:  and they are looking for organizations and individuals who wish to appear before the Committee and/or briefs of no more than 2,000 words.

The study focuses on improving the delivery of federal resources and services for the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy and is based on four main areas:

1) Housing: studying affordable housing, housing strategies, homelessness, and Housing First initiatives, and other new and or innovative approaches;

2) Education and Training: studying school based poverty reduction strategies, access to higher education, skills training/re-training, English as a Second Language/French as a Second Language (ESL/FSL), apprenticeship, financial literacy, and other new and or innovative approaches;

3) Government administered savings and entitlement programs: studying Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs), Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs), Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs), Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), studying the Seniors Price Index and Consumer Price Index as they relate to these programs, and other new and or innovative approaches;

4) Neighbourhoods: studying urban planning, infrastructure building as a poverty reduction strategy, accessible and affordable transit, community support networks, and other new and or innovative approaches.

Within these areas the Committee emphasizes studying vulnerable communities and exploring the impact of gender on poverty and poverty reduction strategies in Canada.

Finally, the study pays close attention and focuses on innovation in poverty reduction through collaboration between levels of government (federal, provincial or territorial, and municipal), social innovation, private sector and non-profit initiatives, and social financing.

Request to Appear before the Committee:

Organizations and individuals who wish to appear before the Committee can submit a request to appear by clicking here and indicating which subject area they would like to address.

Submit a Brief

Briefs of no more than 2,000 words, including an executive summary can also be submitted to the Committee by clicking here.