25 signatures reached
To: Canadian Minister of Housing Sean Fraser
Tell Parliament: We Need Accessible Housing NOW!
It’s time to rally behind a cause that affects us all - the ACCESSIBLE housing crisis.
Please sign this petition to the Federal Minister of Housing. And please share widely across Canada.
Over 22% of Canadians have a disability;
Housing policy discriminates against people with disabilities;
No building code in Canada mandates that housing be accessible;
Thousands are forced out of their dwellings at the most vulnerable time in their lives because their homes are not accessible for them;
This results in “hallway medicine” in hospitals, and long waiting lists for nursing homes;
Millions of health care dollars could be saved by enabling people to remain in their own accessible homes;
Approval and financing of inaccessible housing contravenes the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Canadian Human Rights Act, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability; and
Universal design is defined by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) as the design of an environment that can be accessed, understood and used by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.
The Accessible Housing Network is calling for the National Building Code to be changed to make Universal Design mandatory in all new apartments and condos, so anyone can live there, regardless of age or disability.
Thank-you for your support!
Why is this important?
Over 22% of Canadians have a disability, and yet there is no law in Canada requiring that housing be accessible.
Seniors and people with disabilities are struggling in housing which does not meet their needs.
The cost of building a new apartment is the same whether it is accessible or not, so why are we not building accessible housing?