Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Ray Danyluk will be flying to Toronto and New York Sunday to look into improving homelessness issues back home.

The four-day trip will see a four-member delegation visit with housing officials and operators in both major cities. Danyluk said both cities offer innovative programs that help homeless people move from temporary shelters into permanent housing.

“These programs are successful in helping the homeless in these large cities, and we can learn a great deal from them as we address housing in Alberta,” said Danyluk in a release.


The delegation will meet with officials of New York’s 10-year housing plan — a $7.5-billion program that has built and preserved 165,000 affordable housing units over the next 10 years, impacting close to 500,000 people.

The trip will cost taxpayers $11,000, according to Alberta Municipal Affairs and Housing.