Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 22, 2012 15:00 ET

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

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 22, 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 Dean Del Mastro, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Member of Parliament for Peterborough, 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 to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty," said Mr. Del Mastro. "We are pleased to partner with the Youth Emergency Shelter of Peterborough. Through partnerships like this one, we are helping raise awareness of the issues surrounding youth homelessness."

"We are excited to fill a gap in our knowledge about rural and migratory homeless youth," said Walter Johnstone, Executive Director of the Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) of Peterborough. "We are hopeful that the resulting report will draw service providers and stakeholders to a more coordinated approach and enhance services for youth at risk."

Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding of almost $75,000 will be used by YES to examine the experience of youth facing homelessness in rural and remote areas. The study will also look at why these young people choose to migrate from rural areas and will help identify what type of services could be offered to support them in their decision to move or stay. Findings will be shared with communities and service providers across Ontario and Canada to help improve services and programs to better meet the needs of youth.

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 May 7, 2012, a total of 2 026 approved projects totalling over $685 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 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, which recognizes that housing stability is an important first step in addressing homelessness and is necessary for the success of other interventions such as education and training, life skills development or management of mental health issues.

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

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada