A Roof Over Our Heads 2008: Affordable Housing and Homelessness Policy in Canada

After examining affordable housing and homelessness policies at all levels of Canadian government, this report draws several conclusions. Although a number of policies (such as rent supplements, social housing, and rehabilitation programs) have been adopted by virtually all Canadian jurisdictions, housing and homelessness policy in Canada is by no means uniform. The federal government has adopted a decentralized policy of offering funding for housing, and letting provinces decide how best to spend the money. By negotiating social housing transfer agreements, offering money through affordable housing trusts, and allowing provinces control over the design and delivery of cost-shared housing initiatives, the federal government has given each province the opportunity to take a different approach to meet its own housing and homeless needs.

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