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Human Rights-Based Approach


Under the National Housing Strategy, the federal government will take additional steps to progressively implement the right of every Canadian to access adequate housing.

  • Within the next year, we will introduce legislation to promote a human rights-based approach to housing. This means that the federal government will be obligated to maintain a National Housing Strategy and report to Parliament on housing targets and outcomes.

  • In the spirit of participation and inclusion, a new Community-based Tenant Initiative will be established in 2018 to support local organizations which assist persons in housing needs, who will be better represented and be able to participate in housing policy and housing project decision-making.

  • A new Federal Housing Advocate will enable vulnerable groups to raise systemic issues or barriers they may face in accessing adequate housing. The Advocate, and the Minister
    responsible for CMHC, will provide advice to CMHC and identify potential actions to break
    down these barriers.

  • A new National Housing Council, made up of various stakeholders, including those with lived experience in housing need, will also be established to promote collaboration, participation and the inclusion of diverse perspectives in discussions on the NHS.