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WINNIPEG —Canada needs a plan to deal with what has become a national housing crisis, housing advocates say.
About 150 demonstrators gathered at the northwest corner of the Legislative Building grounds this morning to call attention to the problem and support a Vancouver NDP member of Parliament’s private member’s bill that would require Ottawa to establish a national housing strategy. Bill C-304, put forward by MP Libby Davies, will be debated in the House of Commons tomorrow.
The protest in Winnipeg was one of a series of events organized across Canada.
Clark Brownlee, right to housing co-ordinator for a host of Winnipeg organizations, said Canada is the only G-8 country without a national housing plan.
Through the 1970s and 1980s, Canada had a housing strategy that was envied around the world, he said, as Ottawa created 20,000 social housing units each year until cutbacks began in 1984. By 1993, all federal spending on the construction of new social housing was terminated.
Brownlee said it’s estimated that 350 Winnipeggers live on the street, while 1,900 live in shelters and short-term arrangements and another 7,600 so-called "hidden homeless" couch surf with family and friends.
In Canada, the number of homeless is estimated to be between 150,000 and 300,000, Brownlee said.