Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada
Government of Canada

Government of Canada

August 17, 2006 18:14 ET

Statement by the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 17, 2006) - In light of some recent misinformation in the media concerning the availability of funds for the Supporting Communities Partnership Initiative (SCPI) under the National Homelessness Initiative (NHI), I'd like to set the record straight and state the Government of Canada's commitment.

There have been absolutely no cuts to funding for this program. The full amount of funding of $134.8 million for the fiscal year 2006-07 has been allocated across the country. There have been no reductions and there will be no reductions to this funding.

This Government will continue working with communities to address homelessness across Canada. I agree very much with people like Phil Brown in the City of Toronto, and others, who have said this is a program which generates real results on the ground for people in need. That is why Canada's new government chose to proceed with a one-year extension of the program, in the amount of $ 134.8 million, for 2006-07.

Further to the full 2006-07 allocation, I understand that there may be additional needs over and above the $134.8 million committed for this year. I am pleased to confirm that this government is making the $37 million from 2005-06 available for programming this year.

Contact Information

  • Minister Finley's Office
    Colleen Cameron
    (819) 994-2482