All Canadians deserve safe, decent and affordable housing, but for some, the lack of housing is a matter of life and death.
Canada’s homelessness crisis is the direct result of the federal withdrawal from housing investment.
One of the biggest factors that determine whether people will stay healthy or wind up needing emergency or chronic medical care is where they live.
People without access to stable housing are at higher risk of illness, and their likelihood of recovering well from that illness is greatly diminished.
More than 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness at some point every year, whether they sleep in shelters, on the street, couch surf, or wait in hospital.
Recently, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) celebrated the fact that the average lifespan of Canadians has increased by more than 30 years since the early 1900s. That’s something we can all celebrate.
In emergency rooms and frontline clinics, patients are triaged based on the urgency of their illness. The sickest are seen first, followed by those in less immediate danger.
Investing in social programs improves social conditions and, as a consequence, improves people’s lives. That’s fairly obvious. What hasn’t always been as obvious, however, is that such social spending doesn’t tend to come at the cost of economic growth.
Later this month, Canada’s Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, will meet with her provincial and territorial counterparts in Vancouver. This is no ordinary get-together.
Recently, a disturbing photo of five people sleeping in a Saskatoon bank lobby became headline news and filled social media feeds.