Strength in Numbers: Launch of Vote Housing for All Network.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

CHRA is pleased to announce its participation in the newly formed Vote Housing for All Network, made up of dozens of local and national groups and associations aiming to make affordable and social housing a federal election issue.

Network members include Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO), Front d’action populaire en réaménagement urbain (FRAPRU), Right to Housing Coalition Ontario, YWCA Canada, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association and many many more concerned organizations. 

In order to share election housing-related happenings, network members will be posting information from now until the October 19 election via this revamped housing4all site. 
 
Check it out and tweet with #VoteHousing4all !  

 

Housing for All roundtables: federal candidates getting firmer grasp of our issues and asks

At each end of the country, CHRA members have been actively meeting with election candidates of different parties to provide insight on the current housing crisis and to present key election asks.
 
As we are still in the unofficial part of the election period, candidates told CHRA that they appreciated the early opportunity to be briefed on the issue which would arm them with accurate information when door knocking and speaking to the media over the next few months. 

Just in the past few weeks:
 
Across Québec, CHRA member organization RQOH met with a total of 25 candidates and incumbent MPs in Gatineau, Québec City, Montréal and Rouyn-Noranda. Participating sitting MPs included Marjolaine-Boutin Sweet (Hochelaga), Nycole Turmel (Hull—Aylmer), Sadia Groguhé (Longueuil—Saint-Hubert) and Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie).

 

Out west, half a dozen CHRA member organizations engaged with 9 candidates and MPs of four ridings in Victoria, B.C at roundtables hosted by the Greater Victoria Housing Society. Participating sitting MPs included Green Party Leader Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands) and Murray Rankin (Victoria).

Many more roundtables are planned until the election. Over the course of the summer, CHRA members will be meeting with candidates in Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Fredericton and St John’s. 

Nomination progress

Parties have yet to present a full slate of 338 of candidates with many nomination meetings still planned for this summer.
 
According to punditsguide.ca, the Liberals have the most nominated candidates (87%), followed by the Conservatives (83%), the NDP (75%) and the Green Party (46%).
 
Get a list of federal candidates filtered by region, province or party, as well as information about upcoming nomination contests.
 

How can YOU help make affordable housing an election issue?

Meet with your federal election candidates between now and the October 19 federal election.
 
Hand candidates personally the Housing for All one pager explaining the issue.
 
Show candidates the Housing for All video and share it amongst your networks, via community meetings, email and social media. #housing4all15 #votehousing4all
 
Fill out our simple and quick feedback form so we can track candidate meetings.