Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 18, 2010 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Those who are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Calgary

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) - Thanks to support from the Government of Canada, new homelessness research focusing on Aboriginal women will be conducted. Mr. Rob Anders, Member of Parliament for Calgary West, 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 of the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Mr. Anders. "Through this investment, the University of Calgary will contribute to increased understanding of homelessness among Aboriginal women and some of its causes."

The University of Calgary will receive just over $88,000 through the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy to help fund research to determine the main causes of the cycle of homelessness and incarceration among Aboriginal women, and to identify best practices in helping them to integrate into the community. To assist in the research, Aboriginal women who have experienced this cycle will be recruited to share their personal struggles.

"The personal reflections of Aboriginal women who have experienced both homelessness and incarceration are a rich source of knowledge that has been largely absent from programs and policies intended to assist women in these circumstances," said Dr. Christine Walsh, Associate Professor at the University of Calgary and Principal Investigator on the study. "By combining women's voices from Calgary, Alberta, and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, with best practices, as identified in the literature, we will find ways to use our knowledge, experience and skills to make recommendations for service delivery and policies to better meet the needs of vulnerable women." 

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

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 up to $2 billion in loans to Canadian municipalities over two years for housing-related infrastructure improvements. The Government's investments are creating jobs, stimulating local economies and improving the quality of life for many Canadians. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit

The availability of safe and stable housing and related supports is an important element in addressing homelessness and helping individuals who are homeless achieve greater self-sufficiency and a better quality of life. The Homelessness Partnering Strategy emphasizes longer-term supportive and transitional housing by focusing on a housing-first approach to help people make the transition out of the cycle of homelessness.

For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, please visit

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.


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 communities across Canada. The HPS took effect April 1, 2007, with annual funding of $134.8 million for two years, and was extended in 2008 for a further two years until March 31, 2011. 

The HPS provides structures and supports that help people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless achieve self-sufficiency and full participation in society. This model seeks to address homelessness by working in partnership with the provinces and territories, other federal departments, as well as with communities and the private and not-for-profit sectors. 

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

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
  • Homeless Individuals and Families Information System 
  • Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative

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

Contact Information

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