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e-1768 (Housing policy)

Petition to the House of Commons

  • 20% of Canadians are reported to have a disability, including 200,000 Canadian children;
  • This is predicted to rise to 25% by 2031;
  • People of all ages have disabilities of many types;
  • There is no building code in Canada mandating that housing be made accessible to people with disabilities;
  • Universal design will accommodate anyone of any age or ability, going beyond mere accessibility, and demonstrating an underlying commitment to including as wide a range of users as possible; and
  • The Canadian Human Rights Code and Charter of Rights and Freedoms forbid discrimination on the basis of disability.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:
1) Immediately amend the National Building Code of Canada, making it mandatory that all housing in any way under the jurisdiction of the Government of Canada be universal design;
2) Ensure that the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes and CMHC collaborate on defining in the Building Code what is visitable, adaptable, accessible, barrier-free, and universal design;
3) Ensure that specifications for visitable, adaptable, accessible, barrier-free and universal design for the residential sector be clearly illustrated in the National Building Code,
4) Comply with United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities on accessibility of housing;
5) Disaggregate Statistics Canada data on disability; and
6) Require that any federal funds transferred to provinces, territories, or any other organization for housing fund only universally designed housing.
Government response tabled on January 28, 2019 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-6-17)
Open for signature
July 4, 2018, at 1:29 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
November 1, 2018, at 1:29 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Julie Dabrusin (Toronto—Danforth)
November 28, 2018 (Petition No. 421-02976)
Government response tabled
January 28, 2019
Photo - Julie Dabrusin
Liberal Caucus
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