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The National Right to Housing Network

The National Right to Housing Network (NRHN) is dedicated to the progressive realization of the right to housing in Canada, and its meaningful implementation.

Whow we are

The National Right to Housing Network (NRHN) is a group of key leaders, thinkers, experts and people with lived experience of housing precarity and homelessness, with a mission to meaningfully implement and fully realize the right to housing for all.

Our network builds on the work of the Legislate the Right to Housing Campaign, supported by 1,100 organizations and prominent Canadians including Leilani Farha, Emily Paradis, the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, the Social Rights Advocacy Centre, Amnesty International Canada, and Maytree.

Where we came from

In 2019, we achieved a legislated right to housing in the National Housing Strategy Act that was the product of over 30 years of grassroots advocacy, engagement with UN human rights bodies, court challenges, and a focused lobbying effort. The legislation committed to a genuine accountability mechanism to address Canada’s housing crisis through a federal Housing Advocate and Housing Council.

We are deeply committed to ensuring that the implementation of that legislative commitment, including the establishment of a federal Housing Advocate and Council, is meaningful, effective, and works to eliminate homelessness and address the acute housing needs faced by millions in Canada.

What we do

The National Right to Housing Network is dedicated to the meaningful implementation of the right to housing in Canada. We do this by:

  1. Bringing together a network of civil society voices in a collective voice on the implementation of the right to housing
  2. Working with Governments to develop Canada’s right to housing architecture
  3. Identifying and mobilizing systemic challenges to test the right to housing in order to set precedent, address key gaps in the National Housing Strategy, and drive changes in housing policy and funding
  4. Exploring research on the right to housing; and
  5. Supporting community initiatives to secure a housing rights culture and expanding the right to housing to provincial, territorial, and municipal jurisdictions.

We look forward to working with Parliamentarians, government staff, and others to ensure that the National Housing Strategy Act is implemented such that the Advocate and Council are strong, well led, well-resourced, and effective at ensuring accountability to the right to housing.

For more information please contact Michèle Biss, Project Manager of the National Right to Housing Network at michele@housingrights.ca or 613-697-8743.