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Finance committee  Very quickly, to be clear, we are not discounting the private sector. There are some really innovative PPPs happening. We spent the day with the head of the Edmonton housing authority the other day, where private sector partners are lining up around the corner wanting to partne

January 30th, 2017Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Finance committee  It's an interesting question. One of the models I talked about in my opening remarks was a model of social housing that incorporates financial literacy programs. The provider actually provides an upfront grant that is matched by the tenants as part of this one particular program.

January 30th, 2017Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Finance committee  I'm sorry, but I will answer in English. I think the challenge with a federal government department playing this enhanced role is that it may not have the mechanisms to bring together the wide array of stakeholders that would be necessary and beneficial in that kind of forum. I

January 30th, 2017Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Finance committee  As you probably know, part of the discussions regarding the national housing strategy has to do with the concept of an affordable housing benefit, which I think gets at the concept you're raising. We have some concerns with the concept. First of all, there is definitely the poten

January 30th, 2017Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Finance committee  I don't think there would be any question by anyone in this room that having a roof over one's head is a precondition for just about everything else that you want out of life, whether it's health, education, family or so forth. I don't think there would be any disagreement there.

January 30th, 2017Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Finance committee  It's interesting. In November 2016, I believe, CMHC released their rental market report, which revealed that the supply of rental housing has actually been quite robust, and that rental rates themselves have somewhat stabilized. Again, it is absolutely correct that this differs r

January 30th, 2017Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Finance committee  Our members are quite varied. We include social housing providers across the country, municipalities, all 13 provincial and territorial housing departments, non-profit associations, and interested individuals.

January 30th, 2017Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Finance committee  It depends on how you define the space. There is an organization, as you suggest, for co-ops. There is, of course, FCM. There is an organization representing the homelessness sector specifically, but within the social housing space, we are essentially the organization.

January 30th, 2017Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Finance committee  In terms of the FCM request, their precise recommendations are a bit different from ours, but I think overall we both support the notion of increasing supply. Whether that would be owned and operated by the municipality through a municipal housing authority such as, for example,

January 30th, 2017Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Finance committee  We represent a very small number. In terms of social housing, the private sector is relatively small. There may be a small handful, but for the most part it's the non-profit.

January 30th, 2017Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Finance committee  As has been pointed out several times by many speakers, the marketplace is different and costs are different depending on the system. I think overall social housing costs are in line with those in the private market, with the exception that, of course, the purpose of social housi

January 30th, 2017Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Finance committee  Thank you. Before I answer, I want to say, on behalf of CHRA, that our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of the Quebec situation yesterday. You raised a number of excellent points, and we would agree with what you've said. One of the things we were very heartened to see

January 30th, 2017Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Finance committee  We agree with two of the ideas you just mentioned. We've talked directly with CMHC about the fact that within the operating agreement framework in some cases there are very extreme restrictions on innovative delivery of service and on transformation of operating agreement models.

January 30th, 2017Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Finance committee  Yes. I will answer in English. On the general question of the need for better and more data, and more and better research within the housing spectrum, I think your questions really underscore the need for a dedicated body, a dedicated forum, whereby greater demands for data and

January 30th, 2017Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison

Finance committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair, for the opportunity to speak to the committee today to discuss home ownership in Canada. As many of you may know, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association represents the interests of the social, affordable, and non-profit housing sector in Canada. When

January 30th, 2017Committee meeting

Jeff Morrison