Journal of Law and Social Policy


Yutaka Dirks


Right to housing; Canada. Charter of Rights and Freedoms; Ontario

Document Type

Voices and Perspectives

English Abstract

This paper describes the history of the Right to Housing (R2H) Coalition of Ontario and the role of the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO) within the Coalition. The R2H Coalition provided support to the applicants in the Right to Housing Charter Challenge. The Coalition also engaged in a variety of educational and community organizing activities in support of the right to housing and the creation of a federally funded affordable housing strategy. This paper, based on the author’s personal experiences within the R2H Coalition, examines how the adoption of community organizing principles could strengthen campaigns for systemic social change, including community organizing work undertaken by community legal clinics.