Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I'd like to thank all of the witnesses for being present today and I apologize. I understand it's been difficult to get your whole statements in. I just want to appreciate your time here today.
I'd like to direct my first question to President Bowers.
I was pleased to hear the stories of success you noted in your statement on the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's work, but I was reminded of another story from my own city of Edmonton that paints CMHC's progress in a very different light.
Despite heavy winds, grey skies and a steady drizzle on Wednesday, June 16, just yesterday, dozens of Edmontonians gathered downtown to remember those who died due to homelessness between 2019 and 2021. The service, which was attended by the mayor of Edmonton, much of the city council and many of the province's MLAs, was organized by the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, a group that does incredible work fighting the housing crisis that is gripping our city.
What we hear from them is that they still lack the kind of funding and support necessary to ensure that we continue to have a compassionate and strong approach to ending homelessness in my city.
There's another number that I'd like to cite in relation to CMHC's work, which is 453. There were 453 people who died from complications in the city of Edmonton due to houselessness in just the last three years, ranging between 2019 and 2021.
I quote from the statement we heard this morning that according to the Auditor General, “We also found that funds were not being spent as quickly as expected and, as a result, federal partner organizations moved planned spending each year to later years.”
My question to the president is this: How much legacy program funding from CMHC has yet to go out?
That's one of three questions to the same witness.