National Housing Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. N-11)

Act current to 2017-09-14 and last amended on 2016-06-22. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Agreements and assistance to develop proposals
  •  (1) The Corporation may enter into agreements and make loans and contributions for the development, implementation or financing of proposals that relate to housing projects, housing affordability and choice, living environments or community planning, or that are intended to contribute to the well-being of the housing sector in the national economy, and may forgive amounts owing on those loans.

  • Marginal note:Terms and conditions

    (2) The Corporation may determine the terms and conditions on which it enters into an agreement, makes a loan or contribution or forgives an amount under subsection (1).

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-11, s. 76;
  • 1999, c. 27, s. 12.
Marginal note:Export and international support
  •  (1) The Corporation may

    • (a) promote and develop the export of Canadian expertise, research, services and products relating to housing, living environments and community planning; and

    • (b) support and participate in the development of, and investigate, housing, housing finance, living environments and community planning outside Canada, either directly or through other persons, including foreign governments or agencies of foreign governments and non-governmental organizations.

  • Marginal note:Terms and conditions

    (2) The Corporation may determine the terms and conditions on which it exercises any power or function under subsection (1).

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-11, s. 77;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 25 (4th Supp.), s. 25;
  • 1992, c. 32, s. 41;
  • 1999, c. 27, s. 12.

PART XPublic Housing

Definition of public housing agency

 In this Part, public housing agency means a corporation that has power to acquire and develop land for a housing project or to construct or acquire and operate a housing project and that is wholly owned by

  • (a) the government of a province or an agency thereof;

  • (b) one or more municipalities in a province; or

  • (c) the government of a province or an agency thereof and one or more municipalities in that province.

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-11, s. 78;
  • 1999, c. 27, s. 13.
Marginal note:Corporation may undertake projects jointly with provinces

 The Corporation may undertake jointly with the government of any province or agency thereof or with any public housing agency projects for

  • (a) the acquisition and development of land for housing purposes or for any purpose incidental thereto;

  • (b) the construction of housing projects for sale or for rent; and

  • (c) the acquisition, improvement and conversion of existing buildings for a housing project.

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-11, s. 79;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 25 (4th Supp.), s. 26;
  • 1992, c. 32, s. 42;
  • 1999, c. 27, s. 13.
Marginal note:Loans, etc., to provinces, municipalities or public housing agencies
  •  (1) The Corporation may make loans and contributions to a province, municipality or public housing agency for the purpose of assisting that province, municipality or agency to acquire or service land for housing purposes or for any incidental purpose and make loans to refinance debt that the Corporation is of the opinion relates to the acquisition or servicing of land for those purposes, and may forgive amounts owing on those loans.

  • Marginal note:Terms and conditions

    (2) The Corporation may determine the terms and conditions on which it makes a loan or contribution or forgives an amount under subsection (1).

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-11, s. 80;
  • 1999, c. 27, s. 13.

 [Repealed, 1999, c. 27, s. 13]

PART XINew Communities

Federal-Provincial Agreements

Marginal note:Joint undertaking agreed by Corporation and province
  •  (1) The Corporation may, pursuant to an agreement made between the Government of Canada and the government of any province, undertake jointly with the government of the province, or an agency or corporation designated in the agreement, a project for

    • (a) the acquisition of lands for a new community, including land to be used for transportation corridors linking the community to other communities or for public open space in or around the new community or separating it from any other community;

    • (b) the planning of the new community; and

    • (c) the designing and installation of utilities and other services that are required for the development of the community and normally publicly owned.

  • Marginal note:Conditions under which agreements may be entered into

    (2) No agreement shall be entered into pursuant to this section unless the province indicates its plans for urban growth, including the location, size and order of development of other new communities, and the plans are satisfactory to the Corporation.

  • Marginal note:Agreements with provinces

    (3) Notwithstanding section 17 of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Act, an agreement referred to in subsection (1) shall be executed on behalf of the Government of Canada by the Minister with the approval of the Governor in Council and shall

    • (a) identify the new community in respect of which a project may be undertaken and designate the agency or corporation that will be responsible for the planning and development of the new community;

    • (b) stipulate the measures to be taken to ensure that the public will receive any economic benefits that may be obtained from the lands and services in respect of which an agreement is made under this section; and

    • (c) contain such other provisions as are considered necessary or advisable to give effect to the purposes and provisions of this section.

  • (4) and (5) [Repealed, 1999, c. 27, s. 14]

  • (6) and (7) [Repealed, 1992, c. 32, s. 43]

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-11, s. 84;
  • 1992, c. 32, s. 43;
  • 1999, c. 27, s. 14.

Loans

Marginal note:Loans for new communities
  •  (1) The Corporation may, on the application of a province, and with the approval of the Governor in Council, make a loan to the province, or an agency or a corporation designated by the province, to be used for the purpose of

    • (a) acquiring lands for a new community, including land to be used for transportation corridors linking the community to other communities or for public open space in or around the new community or separating it from any other community;

    • (b) planning the new community; and

    • (c) designing and installing utilities and other services that are required for the development of the community and normally publicly owned.

  • Marginal note:Prerequisites for making loan

    (2) No loan shall be made under this section unless

    • (a) the province applying for the loan

      • (i) designates the agency or corporation that will be responsible for the planning and development of the new community, if the loan is to be made to the province and not to that agency or corporation,

      • (ii) indicates the measures to be taken to ensure that the public will receive any economic benefits that may be obtained from the lands and services in respect of which loans are made under this section, and

      • (iii) indicates its plans for urban growth, including the location, size and order of development of other new communities; and

    • (b) those measures and plans are satisfactory to the Corporation.

  • (3) [Repealed, 1999, c. 27, s. 15]

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-11, s. 85;
  • 1999, c. 27, s. 15.
Marginal note:Reduction of indebtedness by forgiving payment

 Where the Corporation is satisfied that part of a loan made under section 85 has been used for the purpose of

  • (a) planning a new community, or

  • (b) acquiring land used for recreational or other community social facilities,

the Corporation may forgive payment by the borrower of an amount not exceeding fifty per cent of the part of the loan that was used for that purpose.

  • 1973-74, c. 18, s. 19.

PART XIILoans for Student Housing Projects

Definition of charitable corporation

 In this Part, charitable corporation means a corporation constituted exclusively for charitable purposes no part of the income of which is payable to, or is otherwise available for the personal benefit of, any proprietor, member or shareholder of the corporation.

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-11, s. 87;
  • 1999, c. 27, s. 16.
 
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