Right to Housing Toronto (R2HTO) is a network of individuals and organizational supporters that came together to advocate for the City of Toronto to adopt a human rights-based approach to housing in their HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan. In December 2019, the City made history by acknowledging that housing is a human right in their 10-year housing Action Plan. Since then, R2HTO has been working with the City to ensure it continues to employ a rights-based approach to its housing planning and policy. Right now, work is focused on ensuring that the implementation of the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan is rights-based, beginning with the establishment of a Toronto Housing Commissioner’s Office.
The work of R2HTO is guided by a Steering Committee that consists of ACORN Canada, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO), Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA), Centre for Independent Living in Toronto, Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change, Federation of Metro Tenants’ Association (FMTA), Jane Finch Housing Coalition, Maytree, West Scarborough Community Legal Services, and housing advocates Joy Connelly and Ingrid Palmer.