Canadian government will never face court over housing affordability

The Right to Housing Charter Coalition’s bid to bring the government to court, to answer the argument that affordable housing is a human right and ultimately to implement a provincial and national housing strategy, has been rejected by the Supreme Court.

The coalition had hoped that the Court would overturn a previous ruling from lower courts that the issue of housing affordability should not be a courtroom matter.

"The housing and homelessness crisis is directly related to policy decisions that governments make every day," said Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, one of sixteen organizations that intervened in the case.

"The Supreme Court's ruling means that the troubling ways that those decisions impact and even violate the rights of some of the most marginalized communities in Canada remain unexamined."

While the courtroom route has been closed off, the advocates for affordable housing will push for increased political debate on the issue. 

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