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Governments of Canada and Quebec take another step in the fight against homelessness

QUÉBEC, Aug. 26, 2019 /CNW/ - Every Canadian deserves a safe, affordable place to call home. Still, every day, vulnerable Canadians are homeless or risk becoming homeless.

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Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and Quebec Minister of Health and Social Services, Ms. Danielle McCann, announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec reached two agreements on the implementation of the federal program Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy, with total investments of nearly $175 million over five years for the period between April 1, 2019, and March 31, 2024, including: 

These agreements are based on the terms and principles of collaboration established in previous agreements on homelessness, while strengthening community dialogue and collaboration as fundamental principles.

The agreements will support communities in developing and implementing results-based plans. Decision-making will take place at the local level, and communities will be called on to identified priorities for community planning. A variety of actions to prevent and reduce homelessness will continue to receive funding. Communities will benefit from increased flexibility in using the funding based on local priorities.

In support of proven measures, both agreements announced today are another step in tackling homelessness through the progressive implementation of a coordinated access system. The goal of the coordinated access system is to promote the implementation of collaborative processes that aim to better meet the needs of people and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Quebec will have time to develop a coordinated access system that aligns with its priorities and directions.


"When one person is forced to live on the street, we all lose. Homelessness is a very real situation for too many Canadians and a challenge for all Canadian communities. With the Reaching Home agreement, we are implementing a program with the Quebec government that will give communities more flexibility and more resources to better meet the needs of Quebec's most vulnerable individuals."
? The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

"Since 2001, various Canada-Quebec agreements have contributed in a concrete way to increasing the service offering for homelessness in Quebec. I am thrilled with this new collaboration with the federal government which respects Quebec's directions and priorities. In particular, the agreements will enable each community to benefit from increased flexibility in the use of funding based on the priorities they have identified. They will also independently identify targets and results to prevent and reduce homelessness."
? Ms. Danielle McCann, Quebec Minister of Health and Social Services

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Related Information

Backgrounder: Reaching Home 

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Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy
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Politique nationale de lutte à l'itinérance - Ensemble pour éviter la rue et en sortir (Available in French only)
Plan d'action interministériel en itinérance 2015-2020 ? Mobilisés et engagés pour prévenir et réduire l'itinérance (Available in French only)

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