Housing, the Charter and International Law

Four levels of human rights protections may be used to promote and enforce housing rights in Canada - provincial human rights codes, the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the Charter) and international human rights law. Each is different in its application and scope, but all contain similar prohibition of discrimination in housing.

The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation have two videos on their website that discuss using the Charter to promote housing rights and housing and international human rights law.

Bruce Porter, Director of the Social Rights Advocacy Centre (and CERA’s founder!) discusses using the Charter to promote housing rights.

CERA’s executive director and staff lawyer, Leilani Farha, discusses housing and international human rights law.