October 28, 2015
Ontario is moving ahead with an ambitious target to end chronic homelessness in 10 years and is implementing recommendations from an Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness.
In January 2015, Ontario established an Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness to provide advice on how to achieve the goal of ending homelessness under the province’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.
The Panel’s report acknowledges that homelessness is complex, and that progressive action is required to address it. In response, Ontario is committing to a number of immediate and long-term actions, including:
Working towards the long-term goal of ending homelessness is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan.
“We are moving forward with a 10-year commitment to end chronic homelessness, and in doing so, advance Ontario’s goals under the Poverty Reduction Strategy. I want to thank the Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness for their advice on this complex issue. As a province, we will continue to work with our partners to ensure that no one is left behind and that every Ontarian can achieve their full potential.”
— Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, President of Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy
“Today marks an important step in our journey to end homelessness in Ontario. I was moved by the stories and expertise that people shared with us, and am grateful to have been a co-chair along with Minister Matthews. Working together, we’ll be able to improve the lives of those most in need in this province.”
— Ted McMeekin, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
"Ending youth homelessness requires addressing its root causes in order to prevent young people from becoming homeless in the first place. I am especially indebted to the panel and those from across the province who helped inform us about the special homelessness challenges faced by Ontario's youth."
— Chris Ballard, Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Government and Consumer Services
Background on provincial priority areas of action
Attachments:Ontario Commits to Ending Chronic Homelessness in 10 Years
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