For Immediate Release
Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy has launched in London, Ontario
April 1, 2019 London, Ontario Employment and Social Development Canada
Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Yet every day, vulnerable Canadians
experience or are at risk of becoming homeless. The Government of Canada is taking action to help those in
need, and make a real impact to reduce homelessness across Canada.
Peter Fragiskatos, MP for London North Centre and Kate Young, MP for London West, announced on behalf of
the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, the launch of
Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy. Reaching Home will continue to support communities’ efforts
to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada. It will also support the goals of the National Housing Strategy,
specifically the reduction of chronic homelessness nationally by 50 percent by 2027–2028.
Through Reaching Home, the Government of Canada is reinforcing its community-based approach by delivering
funding directly to municipalities and local service providers. Beginning April 1, 2019, London, Ontario will receive
$5,617,940 under Reaching Home over the next five years.
Under Reaching Home, the Government of Canada will expand the program’s reach by up to six new
communities through an open and transparent application process, which is currently underway. The Government
of Canada will also work with communities to develop and deliver data-driven systems with clear outcomes. This
new outcomes-based approach will keep decision making at the local level and give communities greater
flexibility to address local priorities and achieve results for the most vulnerable within their communities.
A transition period is in place to ensure service continuity as communities implement the new elements of
Reaching Home. Communities will have three years to introduce coordinated access systems to prioritize people
who are most in need of housing and support services. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting
communities through this transformation by providing tools and access to training and technical assistance.
To learn more about Reaching Home, visit the website for information.
“When one person is forced to live on the streets, we’re all diminished. Homelessness is a reality for too many
Canadians and a challenge for every Canadian community. Through Reaching Home we’re working with other
levels of government, NGOs, Indigenous partners, and communities across Canada to provide more stable
housing to people living in homelessness and increasing support for vulnerable groups. This is only the beginning
and one of many changes that will make a real impact on the lives of vulnerable Canadians. By working together,
I know we can reduce chronic homelessness in our communities by 50 percent by 2027–2028.”
— The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
“Combating homelessness can only be done through collaboration. The funding allocation announced today will
help serve citizens in our community who are in need and is a reflection of partnership between our government
and local advocates. This is what meaningful public policy looks like.”
— Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre
“The federal government is taking concrete action to prevent and reduce homelessness in London. By directly
funding a community-based approach that supports local priorities, we will be able to help ensure fairness,
prioritize the people most in need, and match individuals to appropriate housing and services in a more
streamlined and coordinated way.”
— Kate Young, Member of Parliament for London West
• Reaching Home replaces the Homelessness Partnering Strategy on April 1, 2019.
• Reaching Home is part of Canada’s first-ever National Housing Strategy—a 10-year $40-billion plan to lift
thousands of Canadians out of housing need. The Government of Canada has committed a total
investment of $2.2 billion over 10 years to tackle homelessness. By 2021–22, this will double annual
investments compared to 2015–16.
• In Quebec, the Homelessness Partnering Strategy is delivered through a formal Canada-Quebec
agreement that respects the jurisdiction and priorities of both governments in addressing homelessness.
Since 2001, five agreements for joint implementation of federal homelessness programming have been
concluded, including the current agreement for 2014−2019. In order to implement Reaching Home and
allocate funds in Quebec beyond April 1, 2019, negotiations are underway with the Quebec government
with the objective of concluding a sixth Canada-Quebec agreement.
• The Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative, a funding stream of the Homelessness
Partnering Strategy, ended on March 31, 2019, and has been replaced by the Federal Lands Initiative,
led by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
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For media enquiries, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada