Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 20, 2009 12:22 ET

Government of Canada Helping Those Who Are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Brandon

BRANDON, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) - The Government of Canada is helping those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless build a stronger future for themselves.

Mr. Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, announced that Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding will be used to support data analysis and information sharing on homelessness in Brandon.

"Our government is supporting many Canadians with housing needs, and is fulfilling its commitment to help those seeking to break free of the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Mr. Tweed. "Through this investment, the Canadian Mental Health Association will be able to help individuals and families in need."

With this investment of $30,000, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Westman will provide community coordination, training, technical support and data analysis for the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS) in Brandon. HIFIS, a data collection system used by homelessness service providers, allows community organizations to use data collected to better design long-term solutions that address the root causes of homelessness in Canada.

"This funding provides CMHA with the necessary resources to collect increasingly more accurate data on homelessness in the city of Brandon, so that we as a community can more effectively respond to the urgent needs of homeless women, men and children in our city," said Mr. Glen Kruck, Regional Manager of the Canadian Mental Health Association Westman.

In September 2008, the Government of Canada announced $1.9 billion over five years for housing and homelessness programs for low-income Canadians. This commitment provides the Government with the flexibility to work with the provinces and territories, municipalities and charitable organizations to develop ways to improve the effectiveness of federal spending in the area of housing and homelessness.

This ongoing funding will ensure that the Government can continue to assist those who need support, including homeless people and those at risk of homelessness-low-income Canadians, seniors, people with disabilities, recent immigrants and Aboriginal Canadians.

Canada's Economic Action Plan is building on these investments by making an additional one-time investment of more than $2 billion over two years in new and existing social housing, and by making available loans of up to $2 billion over two years for housing-related infrastructure improvements.

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy recognizes that housing and employment stability are essential to self-sufficiency and full participation in Canadian society. With its clear goals of improved partnerships, enhanced sustainability and tangible results, the Strategy provides concrete, meaningful and lasting results for Canadians in need.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, please visit


The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a unique community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing direct support and funding to more than 60 communities across Canada. The HPS took effect April 1, 2007, with annual funding of $134.8 million for two years. Funding for housing and homelessness programs has been extended for another five years, until March 31, 2014.

Under the HPS, the Government of Canada is offering to work in partnership with all provinces and territories. Such partnerships would encourage better alignment of federal and provincial/territorial investments, and help provide a seamless continuum of support for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness.

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy uses a housing-first approach, recognizing that the first step is to provide individuals with transitional and supportive housing.

The HPS has seven funding streams:

Regionally Delivered:

- Designated Communities

- Outreach Communities

- Aboriginal Communities

Nationally Delivered:

- Federal Horizontal Pilot Projects

- Homelessness Knowledge Development (HKD)

- Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS)

- Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative (SFRPHI)

For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy and the seven funding streams, please visit the following:

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    National Media Relations Office