In the spring of 2010, several individuals and the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation filed a landmark legal challenge at the Ontario Superior Court. The ‘Right to Housing challenge’ argues that the governments of Canada and Ontario are in violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for their failure to address, and their contribution to, the growing crisis of homelessness and inadequate housing. Almost 10,000 pages of expert witness evidence were submitted to support this case on National Housing Day in the fall of 2011.
The governments of Canada and Ontario have responded by seeking to have the case struck, before the evidence can be heard by a judge.
On Monday, May 27th and Tuesday, May 28th, Fay Faraday, Peter Rosenthal and the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario will argue that the case must proceed.
Amnesty International & the Economic Social and Cultural Rights Network, The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights and the Income Security Advocacy Centre, Charter Committee on Poverty Issues, Justice for Girls, & Pivot Legal Society are acting as intervenors in the case. They believe the challenge should be allowed to continue and will offer important information to the Court.
This case is historic: The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation and the individual applicants – who have experienced poverty and homelessness, are asking for more than the simple right to shelter. They hope that the Court will declare that homelessness and inadequate housing violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and that the government must develop a national strategy to end homelessness.
Stand up for housing and human rights by attending this court appearance. We can send the message that adequate housing is a human right and that this vitally important legal challenge should move forward!
The motions will be heard on Monday, May 27th and Tuesday the 28th at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. We will update https://righttohousing.wordpress.com with the address and courtroom number when it is confirmed.
Legal materials from the case are available on the ACTO website
Thank you for supporting the right of everyone to adequate housing.