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This is our library of resources and research including international and Canadian reports, videos, webinars and backgrounders on the implementation of the right to housing.

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Alternative Federal Budget 2023
Rising to the Challenge
| Published: 2022

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Canada continues to face a multitude of challenges that are deepening the housing crisis, including profit-driven corporate investments in housing (i.e., the “financialization” of housing). To address these pressing concerns and demonstrate a path forward, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released their Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) for 2023, crafted alongside various NRHN partners.

In its first chapter on housing affordability and homelessness, the AFB cites Canada’s international and domestic obligations to uphold the fundamental human right to housing (including the 2019 National Housing Strategy Actand “makes Canada’s signature on these documents a reality by committing to ending homelessness within a decade.”

In direct response to the financialization of housing, it also “takes the wind out of housing investors’ sails and creates new affordable rental, community, social, and co-op housing.”

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The Right to Housing 101
PDF | Published: 2020

The National Right to Housing Network (NRHN)

The Right to Housing 101 -What it means, what it doesn’t, and what it looks like in the Canadian context.

National Housing Strategy Act: S.C. 2019, c. 29, s. 313
Website | Published: 2019

Government of Canada

This is the first legislation of its kind to implement the Canadian federal government’s commitment to the realization of the right to adequate housing under international human rights law and put in place novel mechanisms through which this right is to be realized through a new “rights-based approach.”

Implementing the Right to Housing in Canada
Expanding the National Housing Strategy
PDF | Published: 2021

The National Right to Housing Network (NRHN): Michele Biss; Sahar Raza

This paper breaks down the elements of a rights-based housing strategy as outlined in international human rights law—and offers an analysis of Canada’s current housing strategy according to these international standards.

General Comment No. 4: The Right to Adequate Housing (Art. 11 (1) of the Covenant)
PDF | Published: 1991

UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) recognizes “the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions”.

Website | Published: ND

Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)

The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO) works for the advancement of human rights and justice in housing for low- income Ontarians through legal advice & representation, law reform, community organizing, training and education.

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