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Navigating Canada's National Housing Strategy

Original Air Date - August 23rd, 2018  1pm - 2pm ET

It is not a stretch to suggest that Canada is facing a housing crisis. In the face of often critically low levels of affordable housing, municipalities are the front-line governmental structure working to help those struggling with the effects of homelessness and poverty within communities.

Local governments are responding as best they can, spending significant time and resources designing and promoting more inclusive official plans and strategies aimed at building and maintaining affordable housing units to meet demand. Despite these efforts, local government’s hands are tied by unilateral mandates issued by higher levels of government when it comes to housing policy and restricted financial capacity. In recent years, cities have been selling off their stocks of affordable housing, lest existing units become uninhabitable, or struggling to hold on to what little they have. To combat these issues, municipalities are relying more on public-private partnerships as a solution, working with developers and non-profits to create opportunities that strengthen communities with renewed collaboration.

With the advent of the new National Housing Strategy, this webinar will offer a roadmap for public sector practitioners to navigate new affordable housing requirements and funding, with a diverse panel discussing how governments are maintaining their existing units, partnering with planners and developers to construct new housing, and ensuring economic sustainability, both for the sake of revenue generation and social development.




Robyn Gravelle, Senior Policy Analyst in Infrastructure Planning & Policy at Halton Region

Craig E. Jones, PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia

Kelly Wagar, Specialist, Affordable Housing at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)