Back in 1998, the Big City Mayor’s Caucus of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) declared that homelessness in Canada had reached crisis proportions and called on senior levels of government to come up with a national housing strategy. Since then, November 22 has been marked as National Housing Day.
FCM continues to be a strong voice for affordable housing in Canada. This past October, FCM launched a campaign, entitled “Fixing Canada’s Housing Crunch,” urging the federal government and all political parties to work with provincial, territorial and municipal leaders, as well as the private sector, to develop a long-term plan to address the high cost of housing, improve predictability of future investments, and keep our most vulnerable citizens off the streets. Halton Regional Council has just recently passed a motion in support of FCM’s “Fixing Canada’s Housing Crunch Campaign.”
National Housing Day is a day to pause and reflect as well as a day to come together as a community to renew our commitment to work together to ensure that everyone in our community has a place to call home.