Reliable estimates place the number of homeless people in Canada as high as 300,000. In response to this crisis, the Red Tents Campaign is getting set for a day of action all through Canada on October 19th to call on the federal government to develop a federal housing strategy.
On October 19th, 2010 the Red Tent Campaign and housing advocates from across the country staged a day of action in support of a federal housing strategy. Along with the main event in Ottawa, local actions will be took place in Victoria, Surrey, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, London and Halifax. In Edmonton, Public Interest Alberta, supported by the Edmonton Social Planning Council, took part in the national campaign in front of Canada Place by setting up Red Tents to symbolize the need for more affordable housing.