Charter Challenge: the right to housing in Canada

Today, formerly and currently homeless Ontarians launched a landmark legal challenge against the federal and provincial governments. Joined by housing advocates and their lawyers, the individuals are seeking a Court declaration that Canada and Ontario have violated their rights under section 7 and section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by creating and maintaining conditions that lead to and sustain homelessness and inadequate housing.

The Applicants’ lawyers will argue that both the Charter and international law require that Federal and Provincial governments implement effective housing strategies that will reduce and eventually eliminate homelessness and sub-standard living conditions.

For more information, read the related press release at this link.

Please also visit this link to read a related Globe and Mail article.

Or you may wish to listen to an interview on CBC Metro Morning with Peter Rosenthal, one of the lead counsel in the Charter challenge, at this link.

Stay tuned for more information!