A group of over 170 organizations and prominent individuals have signed an open letter to Justin Trudeau — urging the government to follow up on its national housing strategy commitment to ensure “the right of every Canadian to access adequate housing.”

Economic and social rights are not adequately protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but Canada is a signatory to the UN Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

In federal housing legislation promised for this fall, the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness and Canada Without Poverty — as sponsors of the open letter — want the Liberal government to meet Canadian commitments to housing as a human right under international law.