Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 28, 2011 11:50 ET

Government of Canada Helps People Who Are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in the Peel Region

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 28, 2011) - The Government of Canada, in partnership with the Regional Municipality of Peel, is working to improve services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in that region. Mr. Parm Gill, Member of Parliament for Brampton–Springdale, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government is giving a hand-up to Canadians with housing needs and is helping those seeking to break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Mr. Gill. "We are pleased to support the Regional Municipality of Peel in its efforts to find local solutions to local problems. By working together, we are helping to increase understanding of homelessness and improve services and facilities for homeless and at-risk individuals."

"We are pleased that the Government of Canada has committed to continued support and expansion of [Homeless Individuals and Families Information System] HIFIS usage in Peel Region," said Janet Menard, Commissioner of Human Services, Regional Municipality of Peel. "Making data collection and analysis easier will allow for increased understanding of the needs of those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Expanding HIFIS use will contribute to improving the connectivity of support services across our communities."

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of $45,980 will be used by the Regional Municipality of Peel to promote the Government of Canada's HIFIS, coordinate the collection of community shelter data and conduct an analysis of all available homelessness data in the Peel Region.

HIFIS helps facilities, such as homeless emergency shelters, with their operations and planning activities, while also collecting data on the characteristics of the homeless population across Canada. This data contributes to the Homelessness Partnering Strategy's objective of increasing the understanding of homelessness and serving all stakeholders across Canada, including service providers, researchers and multiple levels of governments.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a unique community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing direct support and funding to 61 designated communities across Canada. The HPS took effect April 1, 2007, with annual funding of $134.8 million for two years. In September 2008, the Government committed to investing more than $1.9 billion in housing and homelessness programs over five years, until March 2014. This includes a renewal of the HPS until March 2014.

As of July 25, 2011, a total of 1 746 approved projects totalling over $633 million were funded under the HPS to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada.

HPS seeks to address homelessness by working in partnership with the provinces and territories, other federal departments, communities, and the private and not-for-profit sectors.

The availability of safe and stable housing and related supports is an important element in addressing homelessness and in helping individuals who are homeless achieve greater self-sufficiency and a better quality of life. The Government's investments are creating jobs, stimulating local economies and improving the quality of life for many Canadians.

By working with all our partners, we will maximize results to make a lasting difference in the lives of vulnerable Canadians. The HPS provides the support that our community partners are seeking.

For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy and the seven funding streams, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559