Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 11, 2012 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Women Who Are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Canada

SMITHERS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 11, 2012) - Rural communities across the country will have access to valuable homelessness research funded by the Government of Canada. This announcement was made today by Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"The Government of Canada is committed to helping Canadians with housing needs and people seeking to break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Mr. Zimmer. "We are pleased to partner with Northern Society for Domestic Peace in its effort to improve homelessness prevention and reduction in rural and remote communities by expanding our knowledge of its causes."

"Women fleeing violence and abuse who are homeless are often invisible and not represented in research and service responses. Their unique experiences need to be further explored and addressed," said Carol Seychuk, Executive Director, at Northern Society for Domestic Peace. "As primary caregivers, these experiences also impact the lives of their children. The lack of information is problematic to understanding and responding to women's experiences, barriers, safety and to their strengths. This project aims to help fill this gap."

Northern Society for Domestic Peace will receive over $61,000 in Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding to examine the experience of Aboriginal women fleeing domestic violence and facing homelessness in rural and remote areas. Findings will be shared with communities and service providers across British Columbia and Canada to help improve services and programs to better meet the needs of women.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

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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 April 9, 2012, a total of 1 815 approved projects totalling over $643 million were funded under the HPS to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada.

The HPS provides structures and supports that help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness 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.

The availability of safe, 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 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.

The HPS encourages a housing-first approach, recognizing that an important first step in addressing homelessness is to provide individuals with transitional and supportive housing.

For more information on the HPS and the seven funding streams, please visit

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada