Federal Housing Minister to Speak at Housing Central

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We are delighted to welcome the Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos to our upcoming Housing Central Conference, where he will be addressing delegates during the morning plenary on Monday, Nov. 20.

Duclos has been at the helm of the Ministry of Families, Children and Social Development since the federal Liberal party took power in 2015. In the past two years the government has announced significant investments in affordable housing measures, including $11.2 billion over 10 years, the single largest funding commitment in Budget 2017. Part of this funding will go to a National Housing Fund to increase lending for new rental housing construction and reduce homelessness. Additional measures are expected to be detailed when the National Housing Strategy is released later this fall.

“Our government is developing a National Housing Strategy, with new housing and homelessness initiatives that will channel multiple efforts into a coherent, integrated and whole-of-government approach,” Duclos said. “Housing is the cornerstone of building sustainable, inclusive communities and a strong Canadian economy where we can all prosper and thrive. Our strategy will deliver concrete results for Canadians.”

Last month Duclos met with housing experts and stakeholders from across Canada to review policy elements contained in the National Housing Strategy, capping off a process that began in 2016 and included more than 40 expert roundtables and focus groups with vulnerable people across the country. During the consultation phase, more than 6,300 online surveys were completed and 478 written submissions were uploaded, while 1.5 million Canadians were reached through social media. These consultations are expected to continue as the federal government designs the National Housing Strategy initiatives and implements those expected to begin in 2018/19.

Duclos was elected to represent the riding of Quebec in October 2015. Prior to the election he was the Director of the Department of Economics and a professor at the University of Laval, and is a well-published author and speaker. In 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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