WHEREAS every Canadian deserves a home;
WHEREAS provincial jurisdiction over housing has created a fractious system that promotes an environment in which some provinces and cities work hard to combat homelessness and to create affordable housing while others do little or nothing;
WHEREAS there is a correlation between homelessness, mental health and addictions, and homelessness is not limited to large or medium sized communities, it is an issue in all communities across Canada;
WHEREAS tens of thousands of people are homeless and families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population;
BE IT RESOLVED that a comprehensive national housing strategy be developed that includes social housing, low-income rental housing, co-op housing, and middle- income housing in partnership with other levels of government service providers and business. This national housing strategy should employ federal tax policy to encourage the building and maintaining of long-term affordable rental and co-op housing;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that specific measures be included in the national housing strategy to prevent and address homelessness.
Liberal Party of Canada (British Columbia)
Northern and Western Caucus