Canada’s parliament the first to recognize the right to housing as a human right

National Housing Strategy Act

Housing Policy Declaration

(a) recognize that the right to adequate housing is a fundamental human right affirmed in international law;

(b) recognize that housing is essential to the inherent dignity and well-being of the person and to building sustainable and inclusive communities;

(c) support improved housing outcomes for the people of Canada; and

(d) further the progressive realization of the right to adequate housing as recognized in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.


Canada’s new policy is in alignment with the goals of Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, who seeks to implement and realize the right to housing, as prescribed in international human rights law, around the world.

In the words of Leilani Farha, “Housing is a human rights issue — it makes or breaks us. It is the difference between life and death.”

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