Draft national legislation to create a comprehensive housing plan for Canada – Bill C-304 – is scheduled to go back to the Commons for the start of third (and final) reading debate on October 20. The bill, proposed by Vancouver East MP Libby Davies, was passed on first and second reading with the support of the New Democratic Party, Liberal Party and Bloc Quebecois, plus one Conservative MP. Canada hasn’t had a national housing plan since the 1990s. The Wellesley Institute’s new report, Precarious Housing in Canada, documents the state of housing insecurity in Canada, and underlines the urgent need for a federal housing plan. Leading national groups are urging Parliament to adopt C-304 at third reading, and the Wellesley Institute offered expert advice to a Commons committee last winter during its detailed review of the draft legislation.
About Michael Shapcott
Michael Shapcott is Director, Affordable Housing and Social Innovation at the Wellesley Institute, an independent, non-profit research and policy dedicated to advancing urban health. Michael has worked extensively in Toronto, in many parts of Canada, nationally and internationally on social innovation, the non-profit sector, civic engagement, housing and housing rights, poverty, social exclusion, urban health and health equity. He is recognized as one of Canada’s leading community-based housing and homelessness experts.