National Housing Strategy Bilateral Agreement

Overview

A 10-year agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta was signed on March 8, 2019. The agreement will invest $678 million to protect, renew and expand social and community housing in Alberta.

Benefits

Through the bilateral agreement, the governments of Canada and Alberta will:

  • plan, build and restore affordable housing for seniors and Albertans with low income
  • follow high standards of transparency, public engagement and housing quality, including improved energy efficiency and accessibility
  • prioritize people most in need
  • incorporate a human rights-based approach to housing
  • apply a gender lens to all investments

Resources

Canada-Alberta Bilateral Agreement

News: Governments of Canada and Alberta Reach 10-Year Housing Agreement (March 15, 2019)

Social Housing Agreement

Overview

The Government of Alberta works closely with the Government of Canada to deliver affordable housing to Albertans. On June 30, 2016, the federal and provincial governments signed a Social Housing Agreement.

Benefits

The Social Housing Agreement:

  • provides federal funding over 18 years to support existing social housing units
  • gives Alberta broader flexibility to adapt its housing programs to meet the needs of Albertans
  • transfers full ownership of 15 social housing projects to the Alberta Social Housing Corporation, allowing them to be used for future redevelopment or program enhancements
  • enables the Alberta government to form meaningful working relationships with housing providers from all sectors in the province

Resources

Canada-Alberta Social Housing Agreement (PDF, 1.56 MB)

News: New Era Begins for Social Housing Services in Alberta (September 2, 2016)

Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement

Overview

The Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement (IAH) is a commitment by the Governments of Canada and Alberta to invest $323 million over 8 years (2011-19) to help more individuals, seniors and families’ access affordable housing.

Benefits

This funding supports a variety of programs and services in Alberta, such as building new housing and updating the seniors' lodge portfolio.

The IAH is used across Canada to:

  • increase the supply of affordable housing
  • improve and preserve the quality of affordable housing
  • make housing more affordable for vulnerable Canadians
  • foster safe, independent living

Resources

Investment in Affordable Housing Agreement

Alberta Investment in Affordable Housing – 2014, 2016 and 2018 reports