Province launches new Affordable Housing Commission

about 2 months ago

Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Chuck Porter, announced on Nov. 25, the creation of the Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Commission. The commission will work with experts in the public, private, non-profit and academic sectors to make recommendations about affordable housing strategies and actions.

“It is clear that our housing market is going through an unprecedented situation, made worse by COVID-19, and people need us to take immediate action as we look for sustainable solutions,” said Mr. Porter. “We will be working with our partners to identify opportunities and make evidence-based decisions that put us on the right path forward for Nova Scotians.”

The 17 members of the Nova Scotia Affordable Housing Commission include:

  • Catherine Berliner, Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing – co-chair
  • Ren Thomas, Dalhousie University – co-chair
  • Chief Sidney Peters, Tawaak Housing Association
  • Karen Brodeur, Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada
  • Fred Deveaux, Cape Breton Community Housing Association
  • Jim Graham, Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia
  • Veronica Marsman, Akoma Holdings
  • Marie Walsh, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
  • Jeremy Jackson, Investment Property Owners Association of Nova Scotia
  • Alex Halef, Urban Development Institute
  • Wadih Fares, WM Fares Group
  • Gordon Laing, Southwest Properties
  • Kelly Denty, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Michelle MacFarlane, Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services
  • Joy Knight, Department of Community Services
  • Frazer Egerton, Department of Health and Wellness
  • Chris Collett, Department of Justice


The commission’s first set of recommendations will be submitted within the next six months.

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