Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
I want to thank the minister for being present with us, and the officials.
It's quite a serious issue, and I'm sure that you're more than seized with this. I have some particular questions that I hope we can find answers for, in particular the social conditions that we find people in.
When the Auditor General came and gave us this report, of course, we were dismayed. We don't like it when the Auditor General, an independent officer of Parliament, says that our investments are not working.
She mentioned in particular a concern I had—this is from the report—which is that when folks are cycling through chronic homelessness they are constantly at the whims of bureaucratic processes that make them develop a lack of trust, and that exacerbates the issue. Houseless folks do not have the capacity to go through tenuous systematic processes of paperwork and waiting, because all of their energy is spent figuring out where their next meal will come from.
Minister, this is the Auditor General, who is describing a very serious fact.
Yes, you can build stock. I believe my colleagues have mentioned some of the realities in relation to housing supply. I know that you're seized with trying to increase that housing supply, so I thank you for your hard work on that.
The biggest problem that I want to address with you today is to bring to light the real consideration that this is an ecosystem. Housing isn't a static thing. We don't have a static houseless population where there are, like in Edmonton, 3,200 houseless folks. The number has increased in the last five years. It's very large and it's continuing to grow.
The Auditor General mentioned the fact that they have distrust and they are unwilling to engage in the bureaucratic system that is CMHC to actually get results, because of that mistrust. That mistrust has also found its way into our systems. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada calls for specific systematic changes to CMHC and to other areas within the Government of Canada that would see the end of what produces houselessness.
Minister Hussen, do you know what produces houselessness in this country?