Reaching Home - Government of Canada's Homeless Strategy to make an impact in Guelph and Wellington County

April 26, 2019

Reaching HomeMP Longfield making the funding announcement

Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home.  Yet every day, vulnerable Canadians experience or are at risk of becoming homeless. The Government of Canada is taking action to help those in need, and make a real impact to reduce homelessness across Canada.

Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, announced on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, the launch of Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy. Reaching Home will continue to support communities’ efforts to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada. It will also support the goals of the National Housing Strategy, specifically the reduction of chronic homelessness nationally by 50 percent by 2027–2028. 

Through Reaching Home, the Government of Canada is reinforcing its community-based approach by delivering funding directly to municipalities and local service providers. Beginning April 1, 2019, Wellington County will receive funding of $1,050,709 under the designated communities stream as well as $435,200 for the Community Capacity and Innovation funding for a combined total of $1,485,909 over the next five years.

The Community Capacity and Innovation funding supports innovative approaches to reduce and prevent homelessness and the Designated Communities funding provides long-term stable funding to communities that face significant issues with homelessness.  

Lloyd and Linton

MP Longfield and Warden Linton discussing the ways the funding will help the community.

Under Reaching Home, the Government of Canada will expand the program’s reach by up to six new communities through an open and transparent application process, which is currently underway. The Government of Canada will also work with communities to develop and deliver data-driven systems with clear outcomes. This new outcomes-based approach will keep decision making at the local level and give communities greater flexibility to address local priorities and achieve results for the most vulnerable within their communities.

A transition period is in place to ensure service continuity as communities implement the new elements of Reaching Home. Communities will have three years to introduce coordinated access systems to prioritize people who are most in need of housing and support services. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting communities through this transformation by providing tools and access to training and technical assistance.

To learn more about Reaching Home, visit the website for information.


“When one person is forced to live on the streets, we’re all diminished. Homelessness is a reality for too many Canadians and a challenge for every Canadian community. Through Reaching Home we’re working with other levels of government, NGOs, Indigenous partners, and communities across Canada to provide more stable housing to people living in homelessness and increasing support for vulnerable groups. This is only the beginning and one of many changes that will make a real impact on the lives of vulnerable Canadians. By working together, I know we can reduce chronic homelessness in our communities by 50 percent by 2027–2028.”
—The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Guelph and the County of Wellington have been working together to reduce homelessness and find collaborative approaches to end the challenges across the country.  I am pleased to see the government of Canada supporting our community through this investment

—Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph

"The County looks forward to continuing to work with community partners in planning and administering the newly designed Federal homelessness program," said Warden Kelly Linton.   "The increase in funding for Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy, will provide new opportunities to support additional projects aiming to reduce the number of individuals experiencing homelessness in our community."

-Kelly Linton, Warden, Wellington County Warden

Quick Facts

  • Reaching Home replaces the Homelessness Partnering Strategy on April 1, 2019.
  • Reaching Home is part of Canada’s first-ever National Housing Strategy—a 10-year $40-billion plan to lift thousands of Canadians out of housing need. The Government of Canada has committed a total investment of $2.2 billion over 10 years to tackle homelessness. By 2021–22, this will double annual investments compared to 2015–16.
  • In Quebec, the Homelessness Partnering Strategy is delivered through a formal Canada-Quebec agreement that respects the jurisdiction and priorities of both governments in addressing homelessness. Since 2001, five agreements for joint implementation of federal homelessness programming have been concluded, including the current agreement for 2014−2019. In order to implement Reaching Home and allocate funds in Quebec beyond April 1, 2019, negotiations are underway with the Quebec government with the objective of concluding a sixth Canada-Quebec agreement.
  • The Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative, a funding stream of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, ended on March 31, 2019, and has been replaced by the Federal Lands Initiative, led by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Related product
Backgrounder: Reaching Home
Associated Links

Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy
National Housing Strategy

Federal Lands Initiative