Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 31, 2009 15:35 ET

Government of Canada Helping Those who are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Prince Albert

PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - March 31, 2009) - The Government of Canada is helping those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless build a stronger future for themselves.

Mr. Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, announced that Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) funding will be used by the City of Prince Albert to collect data on homelessness.

"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. Through this investment, the City of Prince Albert will be able to help individuals and families in need," said Mr. Hoback.

With this new HPS investment of $81,500, the City of Prince Albert will expand the list of community organizations, including emergency shelters, transitional facilities, supportive housing and service providers, that will install and use the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS). 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 HIFIS initiative is helping us build collaborative relationships that are enabling us to understand the nature of homelessness and housing needs in our community, as well as to design programs that are responsive to the needs of diverse individuals and their families," said His Worship Jim Scarrow, Mayor of Prince Albert. "We have been able to attract a range of shelters and service providers to the HIFIS initiative. HIFIS is the vehicle through which we can understand the nature of the issues that vulnerable people in our community face, and plan responsive programs."

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 allows the flexibility to work with 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 with 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 HPS 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.

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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. It has been extended for two additional years from April 1, 2009, to March 31, 2011.

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.

The HPS has three main initiatives: the Homelessness Partnership Initiative (HPI), the Homelessness Accountability Network and the Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative.

The Homelessness Partnership Initiative is the cornerstone of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. Its housing-first approach recognizes that the first step is to provide individuals with transitional and supportive housing.

The HPI has four funding components:

- Designated Communities

- Outreach Communities

- Aboriginal Communities

- Federal Horizontal Pilot Projects

The Homelessness Accountability Network helps strengthen program accountability. It also develops knowledge and encourages organizations to reinforce their networks and share best practices.

The Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative makes surplus federal property as well as land available to community organizations, the not-for-profit sector, and other levels of government, for projects to prevent and reduce homelessness.

For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, please visit

Contact Information

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