August 24, 2010 14:15 ET

10 Year Plan to End Homelessness

IPAC Innovative Management Award

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The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) proudly presents Alberta Housing and Urban Affairs with the Gold award for the 2010 IPAC Innovative Management Award.

The Award recognized Alberta's goal to end homelessness by 2019. It has shifted the role of government from managing the homeless through emergency shelter to ending homelessness by providing permanent housing and the support needed to break the vicious cycle that many fall victim to. The private sector and community-based organizations are working together to fund permanent housing for homeless a growing population in need. "Housing First" approach subscribes to the belief that clients cannot address fundamental causes of their homelessness without being first provided with access to safe, secure and permanent housing. When fully implemented, the plan will ensure Albertan's are permanently housed, with the support they need, within 21 days of using a temporary emergency shelter.

At IPAC's 62nd Annual Conference "Guardians of our Communities: Local to Global," other award-winning public-sector organizations that have successfully demonstrated collaboration at work in their arena were celebrated. Among them:

Industry Canada was awarded Silver for their project entitled "Restructuring Canada's Automotive Industry," The Government of Canada created an Automotive Response Team to deal with the management of the global financial recession of 2008-2009 that left a dent on the automotive industry. Innovation was key to solve this problem "at home" and "away," in Washington and New York. The team demonstrated the importance of nimbleness, deploying resources effectively and employing specialists in financial due diligence and pensions to manage the complex issues. The collaboration and teamwork between the Government of Ontario, the Government of Canada and the United States Treasury was unprecedented, demonstrating Canada's ability to respond to an industrial crisis, rooting in solid analysis and committed relationships.

The Silver was also awarded to the Ontario Ministry of Education. Realizing education reform wouldn't nor couldn't occur without new data; the Ministry of Education developed a tool for planning, "Ontario Statistical Neighbours." This innovative system quickly and efficiently allows the Ministry to pair two schools that have similar literacy and numeracy scores, regardless of geography, to share best practices, methods, challenges and their approach to a better future. This education reform goal, named by the provincial government "Success for Students" is aimed at the 4000 elementary schools over 72 school boards across Ontario.

Alberta Aboriginal Relations was awarded Bronze. The First Nations Economic Partnerships Initiative is the first of its kind in Canada. This multi-pronged leading edge government-funded initiative focuses on three unique areas: economic capacity building, strategic partnerships and regional economic development. Four years of investment have lead to the support of 109 partnerships with First Nations. A landmark was the unprecedented partnership between the Government of Alberta, 8 Aboriginal communities and IBM Canada. Together, they have expanded, enhanced education, literacy and training. This Initiative has been instrumental in the growth of economic capacities for the Aboriginal communities in Alberta. 

"It is vitally important to encourage and embrace bold innovations and collaboration in the public sector" said Wynne Young, Chair of the Innovative Management Award Jury and IPAC president, "having a showcase of the best of the public sector is something that Canadians should be proud of." 

The IPAC Award for Innovative Management, launched in 1990 to celebrate and encourage innovative managerial initiatives in the public administration of Canada, is sponsored by IBM Canada. IPAC is building a database of all entries, available at: to enable easy access to the wealth of ideas created by this award.

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada, founded in 1947, is a dynamic association of public servants, academics, and others interested in public administration. Rooted by its Regional Groups, it is a membership-based organization that creates effective knowledge networks and leads public administration research in Canada. Since the early 1990s, it has been a major player in exporting Canadian public–sector expertise around the world.

Contact Information

  • Institute of Public Administration of Canada
    Carole Humphries
    Director of Membership and Marketing
    416-924-8787 Ext 234