Government examines human rights of housing

The federal government wants to address housing as a human right in a new consultation and wants our views on how it should work.

Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (Housing and Urban Affairs) launched a consultation period on the human rights-based approach to housing Wednesday.

“Housing is the best tool we have to achieve better social, economic and environmental outcomes for people and communities. It lies at the heart of reducing poverty and homelessness,” Mr Vaughan said. “By launching these consultations, our Government will engage Canadians from all walks of life to share their views on key elements of a rights based approach to housing, and what maintaining a National Housing Strategy for now and into the future means to them.”

Information, a consultation paper, and an opportunity to provide feedback is available at www.placetocallhome.ca.

“The National Housing Strategy will make a real and lasting difference in the lives of the most vulnerable Canadians, and we are building on this historic milestone by consulting Canadians to help to, in part, inform how our Government will ensure an ongoing dialogue on the human rights-based approach to housing, and to ensure that diverse voices are included in the discussion,” added Jean-Yves Duclos, the minister responsible for CMHC.

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