The governments of Canada and Quebec have reached two agreements meant for the alleviation of homelessness in the province.
The two agreements will implement the federal homelessness strategy, with total investments of $174.8 million over five years (from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2024). The 2019-2024 Canada-Quebec Reaching Home Agreement will get $172 million, while the 2019–2021 Agreement to Implement the Reaching Home Community Capacity and Innovation Funding Stream in Quebec will get $2.8 million.
“Homelessness is a very real situation for too many Canadians and a challenge for all Canadian communities,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “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."
These agreements are based on the terms and principles of collaboration established in previous agreements on homelessness. The federal and provincial governments will continue collaborating on the implementation and follow-up on both agreements.
"Since 2001, various Canada-Quebec agreements have contributed in a concrete way to [increase] the service offering for homelessness in Quebec,” said Danielle McCann, Quebec minister of Health and Social Services. “I am thrilled with this new collaboration with the federal government, which respects Quebec's directions and priorities.”