What is a Housing Action Plan?

A Housing Action Plan provides municipalities with a framework that allows them to implement strategies intended to create and develop market, affordable and non-market housing units.

What Does This Guide Offer?

The Guide for Canadian Municipalities for the Development of a Housing Action Plan was designed to assist small municipalities in developing housing plans to address their specific housing needs.

Main sections:

  • Benefits of a Housing Action Plan
  • Key components of a Housing Action Plan
  • Steps to creating a Housing Action Plan
  • Importance of accurate housing research
  • Identification of barriers and opportunities
  • Tools to create housing in a community

A glossary of terms, municipal tools and approaches to creating housing, as well as data sources are also presented in the Guide.

Along with this Guide, a companion presentation is available to assist municipalities to develop or enhance a local Housing Action plan.

CMHC’s Experts

CMHC’s team of experts is dedicated to advancing housing solutions across Canada. These experts work with municipalities and the private, public and non-profit sectors at a local level to help create vibrant, healthy communities.

To help get your community started, we are available to make a presentation on how to use the guide and the resources that CMHC can provide. Contact a representative in your region.

Add CMHC to Your Team

Interested in knowing how CMHC works with communities? This Success Profile provides an example of how our representative in Northern Ontario is helping communities address their housing needs.

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Date Published: March 31, 2018