- Housing is a human right;
- Canada’s affordable housing crisis is impacting all medium to low-income Canadians, including immigrants and refugees. The impact of building further affordable housing through the National Housing Strategy will take time and does not address the crisis of today;
- Social assistance levels allocations are not adequate given the high cost of rents. The need for affordable housing outstrips what is presently available;
- The lack of shelter and dedicated services geared to arriving refugee claimants is creating a crisis within existing shelter systems and is increasing homelessness;
- Refugee claimants face absolute homelessness upon their arrival. Presently, refugee claimants are not eligible for the same supports as government-sponsored or privately sponsored refugees;
- Safe and affordable housing is critical to the successful settlement of refugee families and individuals;
- The CCR passed Res.: 5 , Nov 2005 on housing;
Therefore be it resolved
that the CCR:
- Call on all levels of governments responsible for housing and settlement to allocate more resources for accessible and affordable housing and to review the provision of adequate income and social assistance levels to facilitate access to safe, secure and affordable housing for all refugee claimants.
- Urge the inclusion of refugees and refugee claimants in the development and allocation of affordable housing projects.
- Encourage all levels of government to fund the development of appropriate short-term housing solutions for arriving refugee claimants, which include settlement services.
Immigration and Settlement