10 days of what the #right2housing means for you

February 15, 2022

With the appointment of Canada’s inaugural Federal Housing Advocate, the National Right to Housing Network launched a 10-day social media campaign on what the #right2housing means for you. 

During these 10 days, we broke down the key components of what is considered adequate housing, some of the systemic barriers that directly impact individuals and groups that are already marginalized, and provided resources such as webinars, reports, and more!

campaign overview

Day One – What systemic barriers are you facing?

Today, in honour of the federal housing advocate’s appointment, we’re launching a 10-day campaign on what the #right2housing means for you. We want to begin by asking:

What housing-related systemic barriers are you facing?

Check out the answers to our poll on:

Twitter // Facebook // LinkedIn

Day Two – What is considered adequate housing?

The #right2housing goes beyond ensuring that people have access to four walls and a roof. It requires legal protections, taxation measures, regulating financial actors, and more. 

Read the Network’s analysis of what the right to housing means on page 3 of our literature review.



Day Three – The arrears and evictions crisis

Without CERB helping Canadians stay afloat during the pandemic, more people are being driven into inadequate housing and homelessness.

Read our submission with CERA and 120 partners on addressing the arrears and evictions crisis using the #right2housing.



Day Four – A need for accessible housing

People who live with disabilities should have access to adequate housing and accompanying supports to live within their community of choice.
Watch the Network’s webinar on claiming the #right2housing and community inclusion.

Day Five – Security of tenure

No eviction should be permitted where it would result in a violation of the #right2housing, which means that no one should be evicted into homelessness.

Check out these rights-based tenant resources for each province and territory.



Day Six – The financialization of housing

Addressing the financialization of housing in Canada means revamping ineffective programs and policies to ensure permanent affordability and adequacy.

For #right2housing solutions on the rising cost of housing, watch our statement to the Finance committee.



Day Seven – The importance of centering lived experience

People with lived experience of housing need must be able to participate in housing policies, programs, and decision-making that affects them.

Watch this webinar on the importance of centering lived experience in Canada’s #right2housing discourse.



Day Eight – Hidden Homelessness 

Diverse women and women-led families in Canada experience disproportionate levels of core housing need and poverty. The result is widespread violations of the #right2housing that are profoundly gendered.

Read WNHHN’s report on the implementation of a rights-based approach for women, girls, and gender-diverse people.



Day Nine – Systemic housing barriers for Indigenous Peoples

Systemic housing issues are exacerbated for Indigenous peoples—particularly the 87% living off-reserve who aren’t captured by distinctions-based funding for First Nations, Métis & Inuit communities.


Day Ten – Canada’s Human Rights Accountability Mechanisms

With the Federal Housing Advocate’s appointment, all of Canada’s human rights mechanisms are in place to ensure that we meet our #right2housing obligations. Now it’s time for action!


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