On November 22, Right to Housing and the Red Tent Campaign, along with dozens of Winnipeg housing advocates stood together with other cities across Canada in support of Bill C-400 to mark National Housing Day. This Act, which is going to a vote in the House of Commons on November 28, will ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians. Participants picketed in front of the Cargill Building as it houses offices of the Federal Government. These actions were followed by a press conference, which attracted several local media outlets.
Canada is the only G8 country without a national housing strategy and has consequently become a country of severe affordable and social housing shortages, escalating homelessness and an embarrassing lack of follow through in honouring our international human rights commitments to guarantee the right to adequate housing for our inhabitants.
For more information about the urgent need for a National Housing Strategy, read this article by the CCPA’s Shauna MacKinnon: National Housing Day: Still Waiting for Plan