Federal Housing Minister Duclos meets with Metro VancouverFederal Housing Minister Duclos meets with Metro Vancouver<div class="ExternalClass491D51C4EC35447EA15F95D9BB5FFAD9"><p>Metro Vancouver's Housing Committee, as well as members of the Intergovernment and Finance Committee, hosted a visit September 14 from the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, who is also the Minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. In 2016, as part of the Federal budget, the Federal Government announced significant new investments to give Canadians greater access to more affordable housing. To be implemented in two phases, Phase 1 will represent $2.3 billion in contributions over the next two years. Phase 2 will be guided by a National Housing Strategy, which is currently in development, and for which the Federal government is currently gathering input. </p><p>Committee members used the opportunity to introduce the Minister to the work of Metro Vancouver, including its collaborative governance structure and its role as an agency that is uniquely positioned to partner with the Federal government on housing issues through its housing policy and planning function, and the housing services directly offered through the Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation (MVHC). Also discussed was Metro Vancouver's new <a href="/services/regional-planning/PlanningPublications/RegionalAffordableHousingStrategy2016.pdf#search=%22regional%20affordable%20housing%20strategy%22" target="_blank">Regional Affordable Housing Strategy (May 2016)</a>.</p><p>Metro Vancouver continues to work with other levels of government, member jurisdictions and other stakeholders to consider how best to access and optimize the recently announced funding opportunities for affordable housing. </p><p> </p><p> <em>Photo: BACK ROW (left to right): The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos (Minister of Families, Children and Social Development), Greg Moore (Chair, Metro Vancouver Board; Mayor, City of Port Coquitlam) FRONT ROW (left to right): Richard Stewart (Director, Metro Vancouver Board; Mayor, City of Coquitlam), Jonathan Coté (Director, Metro Vancouver Board; Mayor, City of New Westminster), Doug MacKay-Dunn (Director, Metro Vancouver Board; Councillor, District of North Vancouver), Geoff Meggs (Director, Metro Vancouver Board; Councillor, City of Vancouver), Linda Buchanan (Director, Metro Vancouver Board; Councillor, City of North Vancouver), Darrell Mussatto (Director, Metro Vancouver Board; Mayor, City of North Vancouver), Judy Villeneuve (Director, Metro Vancouver Board; Councillor, City of Surrey), Nicole Read (Director, Metro Vancouver Board; Mayor, City of Maple Ridge), Mike Clay (Director, Metro Vancouver Board; Mayor, City of Port Moody), Bill McNulty (Director, Metro Vancouver Board; Councillor, City of Richmond), Malcolm Brodie (Director, Metro Vancouver Board; Mayor, City of Richmond) and Derek Corrigan (Director, Metro Vancouver Board; Mayor, City of Burnaby)</em></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue24-FederalHousingMinister.jpg2016-09-30T07:00:00ZGP0|#e2b01bb7-c847-4927-b23d-b35b5af84a41;L0|#0e2b01bb7-c847-4927-b23d-b35b5af84a41|Issue 24;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass73FCBC38A3EF41C18DD846D99C7D6577"><p>Metro Vancouver's Housing Committee and other regional officials discuss the priorities in our region for purpose-built rental housing directly with the Federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.</p></div>0