A Brief Note On The Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedoms

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Proper housing is crucial to a human being’s wellbeing, both mentally and physically. It is fundamental in ensuring good mental health, physical health, and it sets the basis for social inclusion in society. Housing is necessary for human beings to be able to survive and be able to protect themselves from the elements. It is recognized as a basic human need alongside food and water; thus, it is surprising that an estimated minimum of 235,000 people in a developed country like Canada remain homeless and an estimated one in five people cannot afford housing (Heffernan, Tracy; Faraday, Fay; and Rosenthal, Peter, 2015). Statistics such as these beg the question of whether or not the right to housing or the right to affordable housing is recognized in Canada. The answer to this question is quite complicated as there is no clear right in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that recognizes a specific right to housing or shelter, however, under section 7 and section 15 of the charter which state that “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice” and “Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability(Canadian
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