“The signing of this bilateral agreement is an important step on the path our governments have taken in partnership – that meets Ontario`s unique needs and circumstances. I am proud to say that this agreement builds on our shared vision of housing, where everyone in Ontario has a safe and affordable place to be at home. Peter Milczyn, Ontario Minister of Housing and Minister of Poverty Reduction Strategy: The multilateral framework sets the stage for a common vision for housing and lays the groundwork for bilateral agreements on the implementation of major initiatives in the national housing strategy. The provinces and territories provide federal funds to cover the costs of the National Housing Strategy through bilateral agreements with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The government announced new bilateral agreements with 12 provincial and territorial partners, with agreements signed providing a total of $10 billion in joint funding over 10 years for the protection, renovation and extension of community housing, and support for provincial priorities for housing rehabilitation, construction and accessibility. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Family, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and Peter Milczyn, Ontario Minister of Housing and Minister of Poverty Reduction Strategy, announced today that they have reached a bilateral agreement under the NHS. This agreement, which is shared by the governments of Canada and Ontario at paid costs, demonstrates a shared commitment to the prioritization of affordable housing. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019/20 deadline for receivables arising from bilateral NHS agreements has been extended until the fall of 2020 and the publication of action plans has been delayed in some legal systems, meaning that promised dollars and units are currently under-valued. The joint announcements of the CHB with the other two legal systems have been delayed to focus on the response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Details will be available when the programs are announced.
Note: Reciprocal health agreements with the following countries were denounced in 2016: the agreements do not cover repatriation costs to the UK (repatriation) or routine monitoring of existing conditions. Federal NHS funds and equivalent resources made available through bilateral agreements with the CMHC. These agreements are consistent with the new vision of housing under the National Housing Strategy, and are more flexible and consistent with the expected results. You are treated as if you were in the country in question. In general, these agreements apply to British nationals living in the United Kingdom. If you are not a British national, you can still be insured for an inexpensive or free treatment if you normally live in the UK. “The Government of Canada is proud to sign its first bilateral agreement as part of the National Housing Strategy, which will help thousands of Ontario families who are still waiting for an affordable place to call home.