City Council approved City Councillor Catherine McKenney’s motion to declare an affordable housing and homelessness emergency in Ottawa on January 29, 2020. Councillor McKenney is the Council’s Liaison on Housing and Homelessness.

However, Ottawa does not possess the resources to manage this crisis alone; the provincial and federal governments must provide an increase to funding for housing, housing supports and housing allowances, as well as long-term financial plans.

The City has a ten-year Housing and Homelessness Plan; now it has reached the 5-year point. On March 27, the City’s Community and Protective Services Committee will unveil an updated version of the 10-year plan.