Canada’s first human rights-based review panel took place in October of 2023, on the issue of “the financialization of purpose-built rental housing.” People affected by financialization, civil society organizations, housing and human rights experts, and representatives from the purpose-built rental housing sector were able to share their experiences, expertise, and proposed solutions for financialization directly with the review panel.
Here, find The Shift’s submission to this review process.
The following is a summary of the different housing platforms being put forward by local candidates in the upcoming elections. Please note that this is written in Dutch.
In April 2020, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing Leilani Farha and Dr. Kaitlin Schwan released A National Protocol on Homeless Encampments: A Human Rights Approach. The Protocol, based in international and domestic human rights law, outlines eight Principles to guide governments in their responses to homeless encampments.
This Handout, Homeless Encampments & Your Human Rights, is for people living in encampments in Canada. It outlines residents’ human rights and how governments are obliged to respect them. Download and freely distribute!
En avril 2020, l’ancien rapporteur spécial de l’ONU sur le droit à un logement adéquat, Leilani Farha, et le Dr Kaitlin Schwan ont publié Un protocole national sur les campements de sans-abri : Une approche basée sur les droits de l’homme. Le protocole, fondé sur le droit international et national des droits de l’homme, énonce huit principes pour guider les gouvernements dans leurs réponses aux campements de sans-abri.
Through this project, The Shift, in partnership with Open Society Justice Initiative and other human rights defenders, are urging governments around the world to use the basic legal provisions outlined in the model legislation to prompt and guide the development of domestic laws to ensure access to housing for all.