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Human Resources committee  The study your committee had proposed on urban, rural and northern is so crucial, to reinforce Robert's point, and our indigenous caucus looks forward to working with you on that. As Robert mentioned, we have a lot of data, a lot of information, to provide. I want to reiterate a

June 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Human Resources committee  I'll wrap up with three quick points we would like to propose in terms of recommendations. One is that the Canada housing benefit, which was originally introduced in the national housing strategy, be fully implemented. Right now there's only one province that has signed the nati

June 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Human Resources committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair. You have my apologies. Of course, the one time my computer and Internet would go down would be right now, so this is what we call improvisation. As some of you know, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association is the national association representing the

June 8th, 2020Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Finance committee  I would add only, as mentioned in my statement, that having that advocate and all the accountability measures contained within the bill reporting directly to Parliament, rather than a political body, eliminates any potential partisanship or political considerations within those p

May 8th, 2019Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Finance committee  First of all, on the support services that essentially augment what social and supportive housing does, I couldn't agree more. By pure coincidence, earlier today we released our pre-election campaign website called ahomeforeveryone.ca. In it, one of our three key asks of all poli

May 8th, 2019Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Finance committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair, for inviting CHRA to appear today. As you know, CHRA represents the social, non-profit and affordable housing sector in Canada. Budget 2019 is another step in the government's efforts to deal with housing insecurity. The budget includes measures to increa

May 8th, 2019Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Status of Women committee  I think that question really underlies what we saw as the big missing piece from the national strategy. To answer that, I will respond by answering a question I was asked previously in another committee: Why shouldn't we just essentially hand over social and affordable housing to

October 22nd, 2018Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Status of Women committee  With the greatest of respect to this committee, I would suggest you change the focus of it. As we discussed, shelters are important and they play a role, but they are a band-aid. Shelters, especially for women fleeing violence, should not be seen as a solution. They should be see

October 22nd, 2018Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Status of Women committee  Elsewhere in Canada, wait times vary with the cities. It's not uncommon for people to wait years for a social housing unit. Very briefly, I was in Manitoba last week where I heard a story from one housing provider who said that there was a senior woman who had been waiting for

October 22nd, 2018Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Status of Women committee  Women obviously have substantial social housing needs. I think the challenge facing many women fleeing violence is the added—and I'll choose my words carefully here—pressure of having children with them. Given that a lot of the available units may be smaller—a bachelor or a one-

October 22nd, 2018Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Status of Women committee  Just to clarify, the national housing strategy announced in November 2017 by Minister Duclos was an absolutely groundbreaking moment. We welcomed it. We worked very closely on it with Minister Duclos and CMHC. It reinserted the federal government into social housing and that alon

October 22nd, 2018Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Status of Women committee  Just on the question you asked about home ownership, that's a very North American concept as well. In Canada, about 70% of Canadians are in the private home ownership market. About 25%, give or take, are renters. In comparison, in many European countries—take Germany, for example

October 22nd, 2018Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Status of Women committee  I'll start and then ask Ms. Krzeminska to continue if she has anything to add. There's no question, as we said in our notes, that the housing challenges facing indigenous peoples, particularly in urban settings, are much greater than those facing the non-indigenous population. T

October 22nd, 2018Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Status of Women committee  First, I'm very impressed that you unearthed a study that we did in 2002 and that I don't think I've seen. As you know, Madame Sansoucy, a couple of months ago the federal government announced a national anti-poverty strategy that built on the measures that have been announced

October 22nd, 2018Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Status of Women committee  Our association has no specific recommendations on seniors. With seniors, women fleeing violence, LGBT or veterans, for us, the link that we find that runs through all of this is the need for greater supply. As we said in our opening statement, shelters are a band-aid solution.

October 22nd, 2018Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison