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The Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest (OHFRN-CoI) presents a webinar on:

The human rights approach to housing

The Human Rights-Based Approach to Housing Team, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation recently released a discussion paper, "A Human Rights-based Approach to Housing" (2018). The OHFRN-CoI provided feedback that includes seven main points which will be highlighted in this webinar. Presenters will also discuss their views on the rights-based approach to housing and how it fits with the Housing First approach.

This webinar will explore how a Housing First approach fits with a human rights approach to housing.

You will learn about:

  • A rights-based approach for the National Housing Strategy;

  • How Housing First fits with the approach; and,

  • How to get the rights-based approach into legislation.

Participants from different communities are encouraged to attend and share their stories about implementing Housing First for persons experiencing chronic homelessness.


  • Kenneth Hale, Director of Legal Services, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario

  • Emily Paradis, Independent researcher, and instructor, Urban Studies, University of Toronto

  • Bruce Porter, Executive Director of the Social Rights Advocacy Centre


  • Tim Aubry, Professor, School of Psychology & Senior Researcher, Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa; and OHFRN-COI Co-lead

  • Geoff Nelson, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University; and OHFRN-COI Co-lead; and OHFRN-COI Co-lead

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