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  • September 09, 2016

Hamilton Receiving Over $1.2M to Help Survivors of Domestic Violence

Ontario Selects Hamilton to Test New Portable Housing Benefit Pilot

NEWS                                                                                                             September 9, 2016


Hamilton is receiving over $1.2 million in new funding under the Survivors of Domestic Violence Portable Housing Benefit Pilot program. Ontario has selected Hamilton as one of 22 communities across the province to test the pilot.


The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing more than $20 million over two years to provide ongoing assistance to approximately 1,000 survivors of domestic violence per year under the pilot program.


Currently, survivors of domestic violence are given priority access to rent-geared-to-income social housing. Under the new pilot, those survivors approved under the Special Priority Policy will have the option to receive a portable housing benefit, so that they can immediately find housing in their community instead of waiting for a social housing unit to become available.


Based on the outcomes of the pilot, Ontario will consider ways to enhance the program and extend the portable housing benefit to other communities.

The new investment complements the commitments made through Ontario’s recent Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy update, and supports the province’s goal of ending chronic homelessness in 10 years.

This initiative also supports the Ontario government's goals of ending violence against women and providing better supports for survivors, and the government's It's Never Okay: Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment.



"I am proud that all levels of government in Hamilton have come together in support of this program. The portable housing benefit will provide survivors of domestic violence in our city with quicker access to housing, improved economic security and hope for a bright future."


-       Filomena Tassi, MP

Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas




“This pilot program is an important step in helping to ensure that survivors fleeing domestic violence can quickly obtain affordable and adequate housing of their choice in Hamilton.”

-       Ted McMeekin, MPP






  • A portable housing benefit is a subsidy provided to a low-income household to help with housing costs. The subsidy gives a household the freedom to choose where to live, since it is not tied to a specific unit like most rent-geared-to-income social housing.
    • The 2016 Ontario Budget announced an investment of $178 million over three years to support the updated Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy.


  • The additional funding for this pilot is part of a larger federal-provincial investment in social infrastructure spending that was announced in June.



Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy


Canadians are invited to help shape the National Housing Strategy by joining the conversation on Your ideas will help shape the future of housing in Canada.




For more information, please contact:

Ted McMeekin, MPP



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