I think the federal government has a very important leadership role in housing and in ending homelessness in Canada. That's why we've been asking for that leadership in supporting the national housing strategy.
There are no silver bullets in ending homelessness. There are a lot of different housing forms. You can buy and convert a hotel, or you can use modular housing—which B.C. has done very well—or you can build new permanent supportive housing. There's a range of options that are unique to a community and the opportunities that are there.
I would say that the federal government has a role to play in working with the provinces. Like it is in Quebec, where they have their own approach, I think it's a partnership between the federal government and the provinces. If B.C. needs federal investment to purchase and convert hotels or to develop affordable housing, that's subject to negotiation between British Columbia and the federal government. But the federal government needs to have that leadership role, in my opinion, and to say, “Look, we are going to eliminate homelessness in Canada, we're going to prioritize our resources in achieving that objective, and we're going to make the funding investments necessary.”
That's also about understanding that provinces, when we think about the cost savings of ending homelessness, are actually the net beneficiaries. The provincial health systems, justice systems and social systems will save money, so there has to be a push for provinces to also invest, along with the federal government.