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What elements could be included in an action plan that will support the New Urban Agenda?

over 3 years ago
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Canada is committed to the vision of the New Urban Agenda and is taking strong action to positively shape the Canadian cities of tomorrow. Working with a wide array of stakeholders, the Government of Canada is in the process of developing important action plans including the National Housing Strategy, the National Action Plan on Poverty, the National Early Learning and Childcare Framework, the National Climate Plan, the National Infrastructure Plan and the Strategy on Innovation. Each of these strategies will play an integral role as part of the broader efforts of Canadians from coast to coast in creating healthier, stronger communities.

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  • Nigel Bart over 3 years ago
    Investing in Mental Health is key. We need to support community grassroots organisations which cost much less than hospital beds and help foster resilience, empowerment and recovery for those with mental illness. Ongoing support for the good work that the Mental Health Commission of Canada is doing is also important.
  • JLaPalme over 3 years ago
    Simply delivering more market housing can help on the supply side, but not where there is no effective demand for market-priced housing from those whose housing need is the most urgent. To meet this need, a values-based rather than a price-based solution is required. Housing co-operatives can play a valuable role in the delivery of housing solutions. Co-operatives create wealth for the many members of co-operatives who engage in co-operative businesses as service users, producers, independent business owners, consumers, and workers…” It is this defining feature that separates co-operative forms of housing from traditional market owner-occupier or investor-owned housing and creates the potential for community housing that is operated by and for the resident members and not for the purpose of profit, personal or corporate.
  • Allan Cain over 3 years ago
    Canada has had a historic role in promoting the Habitat Agenda dating back from our leadership in the first Environment & Development Conference in 1972, hosting the Vancouver Habitat I Summit in 1976 and supporting the Habitat II Summit in 1996. There is a concern from Canadian civil society organisations is that Canada must not backslide from supporting a fairly progressive Habitat II agenda that was negotiated 20 years ago in Istanbul. The loss of Canada’s institutional memory is a critical concern for both Government and civil society. Recognizing that Canada has now taken the initiative to reengage globally on issues such as climate-change (as demonstrated in Paris in November 2015) we hope to see that Canada follows up with engagement in the linked issue around urbanisation. We are pleased to be informed by Minister Duclos that the Government has re-opened a dialogue with local governments in Canada on housing after a seven year pause and that Canada reaffirms the importance of supporting a strong United Nations. On the urban agenda, there needs to be a recognition that landlessness, slums, informal settlements, new urban migration, gender violence and micro-entrepreneurship are all global as well as domestic Human Rights issues. It is important for Government to support civil society to participate and partner with Government on these urban issues, both locally and globally. Canada has an opportunity to strengthen the Habitat III Agenda's commitment to the "Right to the City" and "Cities for All". We need to more clearly identify the means for the follow-up and review of the New Urban. Agenda and establish a robust accountability and follow-up mechanism, that specifies the roles of stakeholders and rights-holder groups. The Agenda requires a stronger commitment to avoid forced evictions and guarantee security of land and housing tenure. Allan Cain o.c. School for International Development & Global Studies - U.Ottawa & Development Workshop (NGO)
  • mgifford over 3 years ago
    Cities need to look forward & find ways to work together. So many good ideas in: Terrific initiatives by citizens who want to use technology/policy experience to make their cities better: We can learn from what is happening in the USA:
  • Franklin Thomas over 3 years ago
    IT IS TIME FOR CANADA TO BUILD A NEW WORLD EXPOSITION TOTALLY SUSTAINABLE CITY !! Transforming our Human Habitat into a livable, workable, and sustainable, Urban Ecology is the greatest challenge facing Mankind today; and the Inevitable Evolution and Destiny of the Global Science of Urban Man. It is time for Canada to demonstrate to the World its ingenuity and leadership as it enters into a New Age of Urban Ecological Sustainability!! We propose that the Government of Canada present an URBAN DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM as defined in the NATIONAL PLANS OF ACTION at the HABITAT II - Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements; and that it initiate a World Exposition and Demonstration Project, such as, for example, our BOREALIS CITY Program: BOREALIS will become a permanent World Centre dedicated to the Advancement of Humankind by first demonstrating a community/village in balance with Nature. Guided by the philosophy that totally sustainable and advanced technological development can occur with a near zero negative impact on our natural ecology. These technologies now exist around the Earth - they just need to be brought together in one place and integrated: IMAGINE the economic benefits such a project would bring to Canada! Considering that Tourism will be the largest Industry on Earth, think of the millions of people who would pilgrimage to view its workings, to license its many discoveries and Patents, and to enroll in its courses. We could invite nations to finance and build their own unique Community Clusters, drawing some of the finest minds in the world to Canada. Think of the sustainable jobs that it will create. Think of the Interest and Excitement! Think of its Advertising Potential! An ideal location would be west of Edmonton towards the Super Natural Banff/Jasper National Parks? Imagine the Future - a Future that we are all uniquely empowered to pioneer: BOREALIS could not be a "pill" for all our planet's ills; but instead, an example of what we are trying to eventually achieve. It will be a beacon light, showing the World humankind's future New Millennium. It will be an effort worthy of Canadians and the Human Race; and make us a world leader in the Science of Humankind. Pioneers in Urban-Ecological Sustainability: The Peace Environmental Research Centre Foundation:
  • Rmalange over 3 years ago
    I think you're right to develop a National Early Learning and Childcare Framework, but I think in that you're missing an important part: Family Support. With Child Care and Early Learning, Family Support is the third pillar of early childhood development and services. It is incredibly important: 1. We know that a child's early experiences have a huge affect on their development and health later in life 2. We know that parents are the most important influence on a child's early experiences 3. But we also know that many parents do not have the resources or skills they need to be as effective as they can be at promoting health. They need support. There are a range of support services out there, including family resource programs (see FRP Canada and FRP-BC as organizations that represent family resource programs across the country). These programs help parents learn positive parenting techniques, develop peer social support networks, and connect with other services in the community. They are community-based, and they are strengths based. There is a deep literature on the positive outcomes these programs have for improving health of families, improving education outcomes of the children, and reducing costs to the justice system. Childcare is important--parents need a safe place to leave their children when they go to work or have other commitments. Early learning is important in getting children ready for school. But Family Support is, perhaps, even more important because it includes aspects of early learning, as well as gives parents the skills and resources they need to give their children a great start. Any New Urban Agenda should include a plan for Family Resource Programs and other family support services.
  • PStein almost 4 years ago
    Adding to the list, we should be considering implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action. We need to protect constitutional and treat rights, and as the majority of our Indigenous population lives in Cities, they are important loci of sincere action.
  • aflynn almost 4 years ago
    It is crucial that Canada move beyond stand-alone, temporary strategies and plans to establish a long-lasting, integrated and legislated urban agenda. Canada is taking important steps to promote an integrated, principle-based effort that sees cities as crucial partners in poverty reduction, sustainability and other efforts. To ensure that these efforts last, Canada should entrench these programs in legislation and within an intergovernmental framework that cement cities as partners.
  • KTravers almost 4 years ago
    Canada's focus on implementing the NUA is important. Strategically, the NUA should be seen as a means of implementing SDG 11 and its subtargets. Canada should established a network of Canadian cities working towards this, as well as an international network of cities that would be anchored in Canada. Further, while it is commendable that Canada is in the process of developing many important action plans, Canada should be a model of integrative democratic urban development and governance that ensures that its various policies, action plans, strategies, etc. work together towards a broader more inclusive and responsive vision of sustainable urban development. That requires multisectoral collaboration and ongoing communication. All policies must adopt an intersectional lens to ensure that they consider and respond to the different needs of the diversity of Canadian men, women, boys and girls. Integrating participatory monitoring by diverse urban residents can help with accountability but also with ensuring that targets are met, can be an empower tool for inclusive urban governance. Finally, while it is Member States who are negotiating the NUA, it is cities who will ultimately have to localise and implement it. Cities must be supported with the mandate, capacity and financing required to do this to ensure that Canada's broader vision for sustainable urban development is possible.
  • rogerpgervais almost 4 years ago
    One element that must be included in Canada's action plan for the New Urban Agenda 2030 is our implementation of Universal Design in all aspects of the built environment, including housing/homes. The United Nations has clearly stated that exclusion has an effect on a nation's GDP and that Universal Design costs only 1% (when done properly during the design stage of any new project). It also speaks of the positive effect of Universal Design on tourism revenue; with aging populations being an international concern, this source of revenue must not be ignored. We must also remember that Universal Design has a dramatic effect on the sustainability of built environment when any individual can reside in a dwelling regardless if their functional abilities change, across the decades-long lifespan of a dwelling. And some of our astute global partners understand that Universal Design in dwellings and all other areas of the built environment makes them safer, which decreases health care costs for injuries-hospitalizations-chronic care. So Universal Design is not simply a human rights issue for our over one billion individuals with disabilities worldwide, it's also an economic one as well. Evidence from Universal Design in high tech shows us that all users benefit, not simply persons with disabilities. We allocate millions of dollars to the UN per year, it's time to start listening and acting on their expertise, such as the New Urban Agenda. (
  • Kodiak almost 4 years ago
    Helping towns develop Public Transport Bus services for routes within their own jurisdictions is worthewhile! A lot of towns take a long time and are afraid to take a leap towards creating public transport within their own jurisdictions, despite the fact that they can be finacially feasible. I would recommend looking into Orangeville's success with help from the Ontario provincial government. That initiative has significantly helped low income, disabled, elderly and student residents with getting around town, school and work. Owning a car is a costly barrier to many who live in smaller developing and rural communities, that often limits them from jobs, community and health services, social activities and other oportunities. In the end, public transport helps create green and inclusive communities. Thank you for your time.