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

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Act current to 2019-06-20 and last amended on 2016-06-22. Previous Versions

PART VIRepair, Rehabilitation, Improvement and Conversion of Buildings (continued)

 [Repealed, 1999, c. 27, s. 7]

 [Repealed, 1992, c. 32, s. 39]

PART VIIFacilitation of Home Ownership and Occupancy

Marginal note:Owner-occupier loans, etc.

  •  (1) The Corporation may make loans and contributions in respect of housing projects occupied or intended to be occupied by the owner of the project, make loans to refinance debt that, in the opinion of the Corporation, relates to such a housing project, and 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. 57
  • 1999, c. 27, s. 8

Marginal note:Loans, etc., for housing expenses

  •  (1) The Corporation may make loans and contributions for the purpose of assisting in the payment of, or providing allowances for, expenses that, in the opinion of the Corporation, are related to housing accommodation, 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. 58
  • 1991, c. 47, s. 740
  • 1999, c. 27, s. 8

 [Repealed, 1999, c. 27, s. 8]

Marginal note:Loans, etc., to cooperative associations

  •  (1) The Corporation may make loans and contributions to cooperative associations and to their members in respect of housing projects, make loans to cooperative associations and their members to refinance debt that, in the opinion of the Corporation, relates to a housing project, and 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), including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing,

    • (a) conditions with respect to the operation or occupancy of the housing project; and

    • (b) restrictions on the disposal, leasing or charging of the project or any part of it or interest in it.

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-11, s. 61
  • 1999, c. 27, s. 9

 [Repealed, 1999, c. 27, s. 9]

PART IXHousing Research, Community Planning and International Support

Marginal note:Housing investigations and distribution of information

 It is the responsibility of the Corporation to cause investigations to be made into housing conditions and the adequacy of existing housing accommodation in Canada or in any part of Canada and to cause steps to be taken for the distribution of information leading to the construction or provision of more adequate and improved housing accommodation and the understanding and adoption of community plans in Canada.

  • R.S., c. N-10, s. 35

Marginal note:General and special powers of Corporation

 For the purpose of carrying out its responsibility under this Part, the Corporation may cause

  • (a) investigations to be made into housing conditions and the adequacy of existing housing accommodation in Canada or in any part of Canada and into measures that may be taken for the improvement thereof;

  • (b) studies to be made of investigations into housing conditions and housing accommodation made elsewhere than in Canada and into measures and plans or proposals taken or adopted or proposed elsewhere than in Canada for the improvement thereof;

  • (c) investigations to be made into the factors affecting the cost of construction of housing accommodation and measures that may be taken to secure economies and increased efficiency in such construction;

  • (d) plans and designs to be prepared for houses that have a low cost of construction and, in the opinion of the Corporation, will provide suitable accommodation, and arrangements to be made for the sale or distribution of the plans and designs in such manner as the Corporation sees fit;

  • (e) information to be prepared and distributed and public lectures to be delivered to promote an understanding of the advisability of, and the principles underlying, land, community and regional planning;

  • (f) studies to be made of land utilization and community planning and arrangements to be made for the furnishing of information and advice with regard to the establishment of community planning agencies, and the planning of regional areas, communities and subdivisions, in cooperation with any local or other authority having jurisdiction over community planning and land subdivisions or otherwise with a view to promoting coordination between local community planning and the development of public services; and

  • (g) generally such steps to be taken as it may deem necessary or advisable to encourage the development of better housing and sound community planning and to promote construction of housing accommodation that, in its opinion, is sound and economical.

  • R.S., c. N-10, s. 36

Marginal note:Technical research and investigation, etc.

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), the Corporation may

    • (a) cause to be prepared and undertaken, directly or in cooperation with other departments or agencies of the Government of Canada or the government of any province or with any municipality, university, educational institution or person, programs of technical research and investigation into the improvement and development of methods of construction, standards, materials, equipment, fabrication, planning, designing and other factors involved in the construction or provision of improved housing accommodation in Canada and coordinate those programs or measures referred to in section 74 with other similar programs or measures undertaken in Canada;

    • (b) enter into contracts for the production or development of materials, equipment or component parts for houses through the pilot-plant stage of production or development and for the testing of such materials, equipment or component parts;

    • (c) undertake publication, and the distribution of publications, coordinating the results of the technical research, investigations and programs referred to in paragraph (a), and the testing referred to in paragraph (b), in such forms as may be most useful to the public or to the building industry;

    • (d) conduct competitions to secure plans, designs and specifications suitable, in its opinion, for housing to be constructed at low cost and purchase the plans or otherwise compensate persons taking part in the competitions;

    • (e) make available or cause to be made available, in such manner as it deems advisable or in cooperation with any other department or agency of the Government of Canada, with the government of any province or with any university, educational institution or person, any training program or educational facility that, in its opinion, will assist in the construction or designing of family housing units, in land planning or community planning, in the management or operation of housing projects or in the formulation and implementation of housing policy;

    • (f) enter into a contract with a manufacturer of plumbing or heating equipment or other component parts of houses for the experimental production of the equipment or component parts in accordance with standardized designs that, in the opinion of the Corporation, may be manufactured or produced at low cost;

    • (g) construct housing units for experimental purposes on land owned or to be acquired by the Corporation for the purpose;

    • (h) make arrangements with a province or a municipality, with the approval of the government of the province in which that municipality is situated, to conduct special studies relating to the condition of urban areas, to means of improving housing or to the need for additional housing or urban redevelopment;

    • (i) undertake or cause to be undertaken projects of an experimental or developmental nature that may assist the Corporation in the formulation and implementation of a housing policy designed to meet the needs of the various communities in Canada; and

    • (j) carry out research and planning and provide services and information that relate to the financing of housing, 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.

  • Marginal note:Approval required

    (2) The powers of the Corporation under paragraphs (1)(g) and (i) may be exercised only with the approval of the Governor in Council.

  • Marginal note:Underwriting sales

    (3) The Corporation may, with the approval of the Governor in Council, enter into a contract with a manufacturer referred to in paragraph (1)(f) to underwrite the sale, at such price as may be agreed on and specified in the contract, of the equipment or component parts referred to in that paragraph, manufactured or produced for installation or use in homes, if the manufacturer manufactures or produces the equipment or component parts in such volume as may be agreed on and specified in the contract.

  • Marginal note:Contracts for sale and distribution

    (4) The Corporation may, with the approval of the Governor in Council, enter into contracts with the manufacturer referred to in subsection (3) or any other person for the sale or distribution, in such manner as it may deem advisable, of the equipment or component parts referred to in that subsection.

  • Marginal note:Limitation

    (5) The maximum contingent liability of the Corporation under contracts entered into under subsection (3) shall not at any time exceed ten million dollars, and any amounts required to be paid by the terms of those contracts may be paid under section 29 of the Financial Administration Act.

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-11, s. 75
  • 1999, c. 27, s. 11
 
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