Released April 3, 2008
and Territories Disappointed with
Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Housing met last night with the Honourable Monte Solberg, Federal Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in Gatineau, Québec, to discuss a series of critical housing issues.
The provincial/territorial housing ministers expressed their great disappointment that Minister Solberg is not able to provide a firm response to any of the issues they raised.
"It has been nearly three
years since this country has had a formal
federal/provincial/territorial discussion about the state of housing in
This meeting provided an
opportunity for provincial/territorial housing ministers to reiterate
the necessity of having formal discussions regarding the major issues
facing the future of housing in
As a first step, the
provincial/territorial housing ministers urged the Federal Government
to immediately extend its financial contribution to housing, especially
in the areas of residential rehabilitation, homelessness and affordable
housing which are currently slated to expire in March 2009. They
unanimously requested that the Federal Government begin to work
immediately with them regarding long term, predictable and sustainable
funding for housing in
Ministers pointed out the
need for funding to support
Provincial/territorial housing ministers also raised the issue of Aboriginal and Northern housing concerns with Minister Solberg.
Finally, there has not been a federal/provincial/territorial housing ministers meeting since September 2005. Provincial/territorial ministers impressed upon Minister Solberg the need for the Federal Government to commit and participate in a housing ministers’ conference.
Since the federal
minister could not commit his presence at a conference in the next few
months, the provincial/territorial ministers will meet in September
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