Implementing the Right to Housing in Canada: Expanding the National Housing Strategy

Michèle Biss & Sahar Raza, The National Right to Housing Network
Description / Summary

After decades of advocacy urging for Canada to implement the right to housing, the House of Commons passed the National Housing Strategy Act (NHSA) in June 2019.

The legislation embeds Canada’s international human rights obligations to implement the right to adequate housing as a fundamental human right as articulated in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

It also commits to ensuring that Canada’s housing policies take into account key principles of a human rights-based approach to housing and will progressively realize the right to housing for all. 22 months before this legislation was passed, a key instrument of Canada’s housing policy entitled Canada’s National Housing Strategy: A Place to Call Home (i.e. the NHS) had been announced in November 2017.