TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 4, 2016) - The United Nations conducted a 10 year review of Canada in February on its compliance as a signatory to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and will be releasing its concluding observations to the Canadian government on Monday, March 7th at 12:00pm ET. After the Supreme Court ruled that homeless Canadians could not present their evidence in court, a group of affordable housing advocates recently took their concerns about Canada's failed housing policies to the United Nations for the review and will be making comments about the UN's concluding observations at a media event the day it is released.
The Right to Housing Coalition and other advocates will be hand delivering the concluding observations of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) to the office of Finance Minister Bill Morneau, two weeks ahead of the federal budget. Representatives from groups that had made written submissions and advocated in Geneva in front of the CESCR on Canada's housing and homelessness crisis will give statements to the media and answer questions.
Kenneth Hale, Right to Housing Coalition / Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario
Michael Creek, Right to Housing Coalition / Working for Change
A representative from Chiefs of Ontario
Other speakers to be confirmed
Outside Finance Minister Bill Morneau's office, 430 Parliament Street, Toronto
Monday, March 7th at 2:00pm
To provide an expert overview of the CESCR's concluding observations about Canada's housing and homelessness crisis.
February 18, Canadian Press: Coalition to urge UN committee to press Canada on affordable housing
February 20, Toronto Star: Advocates taking housing policy to UN