National housing plan bill (C-304) set for final debate starting Oct. 20

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.