Maytree is honoured to have worked alongside longtime activists and experts in the leadup to the right to housing legislation. Here is a timeline of some of the key consultations and campaigns to which Maytree contributed following the release of the National Housing Strategy in November 2017.
Housing as a human right is now recognized in Canadian legislation!
Bill C-97, which includes the National Housing Strategy Act, received royal assent on June 21. For the first time, housing as a human right is now recognized in Canadian legislation, the culmination of many years of dedicated efforts by housing advocates, lived experts, civil society organizations, and government. Thanks to those efforts, we now have an opportunity to reset the framework within which we conceptualize, develop, and implement housing policy in Canada.
Housing rights advocates make the case for right to housing amendments on Parliament Hill
On May 8, 2019, Right to Housing Campaign advocates including Maytree President Elizabeth McIsaac appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance to give oral presentations regarding necessary amendments that would strengthen the federal right to housing commitment in the National Housing Strategy Act.
- Read (and listen to) what Elizabeth McIsaac, Maytree President, said to the committee
- For all presentations, visit the Legislating the Right to Housing website
Right to Housing Coalition sends open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau urging amendments to Bill C-97
On April 16, 2019, Maytree and other advocates released an open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau urging minor but essential amendments to the National Housing Strategy Act in Bill C-97.
- Read the open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau urging amendments to the National Housing Strategy Act
- Read mark-up of the National Housing Strategy Act with proposed amendments
- Find more information on the Legislating the Right to Housing website
Call for a legislated right to housing in Canada
On August 14, 2018, 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. Read more
National consultations on a human rights-based approach to housing
In March 2018, Maytree alongside other organizations and partners in the sector, took part in the public consultations pertaining to the key elements of a human rights-based approach to housing and the proposed approach to the new legislation. Maytree also supported broad-based input with a focus on the meaningful participation of those with lived experience of housing need. Read more