Convention: 2017

WHEREAS one and a half million Canadians are unable to find adequate, suitable or affordable housing and 250,000 households are in imminent risk as federal social housing operating agreements expire and over 150,000 more families are on waitlists for housing; and

WHEREAS both homeowners and renters face escalating costs and barriers in their search to find affordable housing; and

WHEREAS in some major cities of Canada, the rental vacancy rate is less than 1% and there is a core housing need where seniors are competing for affordable housing; and

WHEREAS with federal operating agreements expiring each year, many citizens face uncertainty and perhaps homelessness and an initiative to increase long-term and significant capital funding would support construction and operation of new social and affordable housing and protect existing social housing;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the federal government secure the future of affordable housing through a dedicated funding program to protect the existing stock of 600,000 social housing units; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NPF support the development of a National Housing Strategy that includes incentives to preserve and expand rental housing and co-operative housing, at a cost not to exceed 30% of income, for moderate income earners; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NPF urge the Federal government to review the mandate of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to determine how a National Housing Strategy can deliver housing projects with accountability and specific timelines for completion; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation (NPF) urge all levels of government in partnership to address the serious housing crisis which is due to long-term underinvestment in affordable housing; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation (NPF) work with our allies to lobby the federal government and all other levels of government to pass into law provisions for a federal housing strategy and provisions for adequate and affordable housing for all Canadians.