Shelters for the homeless in Niagara are extending the time they stay open in the spring.

Both the Niagara Falls and St. Catharines shelters will temporarily extend operations, allowing vulnerable people experiencing homelessness continued access to vital amenities.

Extended day programs that work in conjunction with the Niagara Falls shelter will also remain open.

Municipalities across Canada face housing development constraints in their communities that could be eased through more co-operation between all levels of government, says a report by a local governance think tank.

The report from the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto examined what researchers say would be the ideal role for local governments to approve and develop more social, rental and affordable housing that is increasingly needed.

In the midst of several city-based temporary homeless shelters closing and the spring season returning, an anti-poverty organization is demanding that Toronto City Council decriminalize tent encampments in public spaces.

As city councillors returned to one of the first in-person meetings since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty(OCAP) organized a press conference demanding the repeal of bylaws against tent encampments in parks.

The bylaws, 608-13 and 608-14, are focused on camping and tent structures in public areas.

The B.C. government has announced the purchase of the North Shore Inn in Nelson to provide 30 homes with supports for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

The province, through BC Housing, is providing $3.9 million to buy and renovate the former motel.

BC Housing will also fund an annual operating subsidy of approximately $1 million.

Residents finding refuge from homelessness at Polson Park Motel no longer have to worry.

The B.C. government has purchased the Vernon motel to provide permanent homes for people experiencing homelessness.

The old motel on 24th Avenue is a two-storey building with 29 units, each fitted with a washroom and kitchenette. BC Housing has been leasing the motel as temporary housing for the community’s most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic since April 2020. Now, those currently living in the motel will be able to stay there.