Rights Reviews


Shelter Rights Review

In a city where adequate and affordable housing options are severely lacking, the City of Toronto’s shelter system is struggling to meet the needs and uphold the rights and dignity of residents who have come to rely on it for long-term housing.

This report by the Right to Housing Toronto (R2HTO) uncovers how Toronto’s shelter system is failing to uphold the human rights of its users, by not offering a pathway out of homelessness, and failing to ensure the physical and mental health and wellbeing of its residents.

The report provides a set of tangible recommendations for the City to uphold its human rights obligations through the design and administration of its shelter system.

Our findings are drawn from conversations with City of Toronto staff, as well as frontline staff and advocates serving shelter residents and people experiencing homelessness.

Download: Shelter Rights Review

 


Evictions Rights Review

Tenants across Toronto have been experiencing an evictions and inadequate housing crisis for decades.

This report by the Right to Housing Toronto (R2HTO) provides a review of City of Toronto policies, strategies, programs and services relating to evictions, and the  City’s response to the issue of evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

R2HTO has identified tangible actions the City must take to align their eviction prevention policies, strategies, programs and services with its commitment to the progressive realization of the right to housing.

Our findings are drawn from our conversations with City of Toronto staff and elected officials, as well as reports from the ground by community legal workers and grassroots tenant advocacy organizations.

Download: Evictions Rights Review

 


Encampments Rights Review

Report on encampments in Toronto during COVID-19

This report by the Right to Housing Toronto (R2HTO) details our concerns with the enforcement of the City’s laws and policies that relate to encampments during COVID-19, and the impact of the City’s approach on encampment residents, the right to housing, and human rights principles.

R2HTO has identified tangible actions the City must take to uphold the rights of those living in encampments, by applying eight human rights principles which have been identified in the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing’s national protocol for responding to encampments in Canada.

Our findings are drawn from our conversations with City of Toronto staff and elected officials, as well as reports from the ground by community workers and grassroots organizations.

Download: Encampments Rights Review