Today in Ottawa, advocates released an open letter urging the Prime Minister to make good on his commitment to the right to housing by enshrining that right in upcoming National Housing Strategy legislation.
The letter has been signed by over 150 organizations and prominent Canadians, including First Call. It was launched by Amnesty International Canada, Campaign 2000: End Child and Family Poverty, Canada Without Poverty, the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, housing and homelessness researcher Emily Paradis, and the Social Rights Advocacy Centre, supported by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing.
With the launch of the National Housing Strategy in November 2017, the federal government has committed for the first time to “progressively implement the right of every Canadian to access adequate housing.” To make this commitment meaningful, though, it must be recognized in law.
Here’s how you can help:
- Sign on to the letter here.
- Email your MP to let them know you support legal recognition of the right to housing. You can find your MP’s address and a sample letter here.
- Spread the word on social media, using #legislateR2H.