Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 14, 2011 07:30 ET

Minister Mackay Announces Help to Those Who Are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Pictou County

NEW GLASGOW, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2011) - Vulnerable youth in Pictou County will be able to benefit from a newly renovated facility, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, 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 Minister MacKay. "With our significant investment, the Pictou County Roots for Youth Society will be able to provide support to youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in our community."

"The Pictou County Roots for Youth Society is very pleased with the generous support of the Government to improve the situation for vulnerable youth in our community" said Ms. Terry Steves, Past Chair of the Pictou County Roots for Youth Society. "The Centre, opening in April 2011, will offer youth in Pictou County a safe and supportive environment to access the resources needed to reduce the risks associated with homelessness and to assist our youth with becoming self-sufficient".

The Government of Canada, through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, is providing over $215,000 to the Pictou County Roots for Youth Society to purchase and renovate a facility to create a youth resource centre. The new centre will provide support services and programming offices, as well as laundry, kitchen, shower and storage facilities.

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 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 January 10, 2011, the Government has provided over $419 million in HPS funding for a total of 1 335 projects to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada.

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.

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 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 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 website:

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's Shelter Enhancement Program assists in repairing, rehabilitating and improving existing shelters for women and their children, youth or men who are victims of family violence. It also provides financial assistance for the acquisition or construction of new shelters and second-stage housing where needed.

Contact Information

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