Ottawa urged to recognize ‘right to housing’

August 14, 2018

OTTAWA—More than 170 civil society groups, politicians, academics and activists are urging the Trudeau government to enshrine the “right to housing” in Canadian law.

In an open letter to the prime minister, the groups argue that upcoming legislation to enact the Liberal government’s 10-year, $40-billion national housing strategy must “explicitly recognize the right to housing as recognized in international law.” This would ensure future governments can’t scale back or cancel programs to reduce homelessness and ensure impoverished Canadians have adequate places to live, leaders of a range of groups told a news conference Tuesday on Parliament Hill.

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by Alex Ballingall, The Star, Ottawa Bureau


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