Authored by: Sarah Cooper

Grant: Partnering for Change: Community-Based Solutions for Aboriginal and Inner-City Poverty - 2012-2019
Category: Housing and Neighbourhood Revitalization


For decades, social housing has been an integral part of Canadian housing and social policy. Between the 1950s and 1990s, the federal government played a leading role in housing policy by entering into long-term operating agreements with social housing providers. Through co-operatives, non-profit housing organizations, and municipal and provincial public housing corporations, almost 550,000 low-income individuals and families—about five percent of Canadian households—live in good quality, affordable housing. The expiry of these social housing operating agreements, which provide mortgage and rent subsidies, threatens the affordability of these homes and puts the stability of the low-income households who live in them at risk. This is a significant change in the landscape of Canadian housing.

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