HANSARD: QP - Addressing Toronto homeless situation

House of Commons Hansard #234 of the 44th Parliament, 1st Session
Oral Questions
October 18th, 2023 / 3:10 p.m
Jenny Kwan Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, city of Toronto housing advocates have warned that unhoused people will die as the weather gets colder. Toronto's shelter system, the largest in Canada, is beyond capacity. Hundreds of people are being turned away every day, including refugees and asylum seekers. Successive Liberal and Conservative governments have walked away from housing and left the city scrambling to house people in need. Toronto is pleading for support.

Will the Liberals step up to provide the funding required to the city of Toronto so no one has to sleep or die on the streets this winter?

Peter Fragiskatos Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Housing

Mr. Speaker, I have worked with the member for a number of years now, and I do not doubt for a moment her commitment to housing. She knows, because she voted for it, that we doubled the funding for homelessness through the reaching home initiative, and Toronto has received $290 million to combat homelessness.

We will continue to work with not-for-profit organizations that are on the ground doing the vital work to get people off the streets and providing them with the wraparound supports they need to make a transition toward something better.

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