Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 26, 2012 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth Who Are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Nova Scotia

NEW GLASGOW, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - July 26, 2012) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, announced today that local youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will benefit from a wide range of support services thanks to the Government of Canada's support for the Pictou County Roots for Youth Society.

"The Government is giving a hand up to Canadians to help them meet certain basic needs and break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Minister MacKay. "By partnering with the Pictou County Roots for Youth Society to provide essential services to people in need, we are doing our part to prevent and reduce homelessness in Nova Scotia."

"By offering programs and services aimed at addressing youth homelessness in our community, we are helping youth to become responsible and to achieve independence and self-sufficiency," said Scott Smith, Executive Director for the Pictou County Roots for Youth Society. "This funding will not only improve services for our at-risk youth, it will also allow for the engagement of all youth in all geographical areas of Pictou County through community outreach."

The Pictou County Roots for Youth Society is receiving over $145,000 in Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding to provide youth with housing placements, housing-retention assistance and housing maintenance support services.

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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 on 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. A renewal of the HPS extended that commitment to March 2014.

As of July 16, 2012, 2 049 approved projects totalling over $693 million have been 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 to achieve self-sufficiency and participate fully in society. This model seeks to address homelessness by working in partnership with the provinces and territories and 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 housing stability is an important first step in addressing homelessness. It is also necessary for the success of other interventions such as education and training, the development of life skills and the management of mental health issues.

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

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada