9 août 2021

EY Ripples Program: Empowering Affordable Housing Solutions

At Habitat for Humanity, we are building the beyond: a stronger future for families and communities through affordable housing. We know that decent and stable housing provides the foundation for long-term economic and social well-being, creating lasting change. It transforms futures by improving health, happiness, and prosperity. It strengthens communities by increasing cohesion and economic vitality. And it fosters resiliency and stability that transcend generations.

To help us capitalize on transformative opportunities to deliver more impact across Canada and around the world, Habitat Canada partnered with EY as part of the EY Ripples program. This significant global corporate initiative aims to positively impact the lives of one billion people by 2030, by helping to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges. Habitat Canada has embarked on a new strategic plan to significantly increase the number of people we help advance on the path to stability and self-reliance through housing, and EY’s investment will help us deliver on our promise.

The team of expert consultants led by EY Project Sponsor Monica Chadha began working with Habitat in late 2020. Their intensive review of our operations, including stakeholder consultations, led to incredible insights and recommended actions that will have a sustainable impact on our organization, and those we serve.

EY’s credibility as a leading provider of management consulting services helped facilitate open conversations with Habitat leaders across Canada that revealed opportunities to expand our impact. This included how to increase the capacity, brand awareness and competitiveness of Habitat for Humanity ReStores across Canada. These social enterprise retailers, which accept and sell quality new and used building materials and household items, fund Habitat for Humanity projects across this country.

In addition, EY provided insights on how best to streamline and standardize our federation operations that will help reduce the administrative burden on our 50 local Habitats, increase collaboration and shared services, enhance our donor and customer experience, and improve fundraising efficiency.

“Being able to tap into EY’s experience and intellectual horsepower through the Ripples program is a huge gift for Habitat and people living with low income who need safe and decent housing,” said Julia Deans, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. “EY’s advice will empower us to serve many more families in the future.”

As Canada emerges from the impact of a global pandemic, revealing ever-widening income gaps that disproportionally affect marginalized groups including Black, Indigenous and people of colour, access to safe and affordable housing has never been more important. Support from programs like EY Ripples is critical to the growth of organizations like ours, leading to lasting social change that benefits all of us.