OTTAWA BOOSTS BATTLE AGAINST HOMELESSNESS

Jun 11, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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Cities across Canada will now have more flexibility – as they try to battle homelessness.

The federal government announced new rules today in Toronto – that will make it easier for cities to join in the fight – to get people off the streets.

Cities will be given leeway to spend money on local initiatives and experiments – as long as they can meet Ottawa’s goal – of cutting by half the number of chronic homeless people in their midst.

The 2017 federal budget doubled the amount of money the government plans to spend on the program – bringing total spending to $2.1 billion over the next 10 years.

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