The Province of Ontario released its Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy in late 2010. Bill 140, Strong Communities Through Affordable Housing Act, 2011, legislation which has passed 2nd reading and is now before the Legislature at the Comittee on Justice Policy, is the implementing legislation for the Housing Strategy.
CERA and the Social Rights Advocacy Centre (SRAC) appeared before the Committee on 24 March 2011, to encourage the Committee to adopt a series of amendments to Bill 140 to ensure that it is in keeping with the provinces’ commitments under international human rights law.
CERA provided an overview of the 5 components that Bill 140 must include to ensure it is in compliance with international human rights standards based on what UN human rights bodies and officials have indicated must be in a housing strategy. SRAC then provided the Committee with an overview of practical amendments that could be made to Bill 140 to integrate the 5 components. Both the Wellesley Institute and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario submissions were supportive of this approach.
Committee members from all three parties expressed interest in the CERA and SRAC presentations and the suggested amendments. CERA and SRAC will work collaboratively with other organizations concerned with housing rights and will continue to press for human rights amendments to Bill 140. For more on human rights accountability of the province and Bill 140 click here.