(past) Webinar on Accessible Housing
was on Feb 19, 2022
The Crisis in Accessible Housing
The following motion was passed at the May 2021 CUSJ annual meeting
CUSJ urges the governments of Canada and all provinces to:comply with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by
- ensuring all new housing will be accessible using universal design principles/standards,
- immediately amend all housing laws and regulations to make universal design mandatory for all multi-unit housing units funded directly or indirectly by the Government ofCanada and/or a province; and
- require that any public funds or concessions conferred on municipalities, provinces, developers, or any other organization for housing be exclusively for universally designed housing units.
- Kate Chung, Co-chair, Accessible Housing Network (and CUSJ member who proposed the resolution)
- Tracy Odell, President, Citizens with Disabilities – Ontario, and survivor of institutional life as a child.
- Thea Kurdi, President, DesignABLE Environments Inc., Accessibility Code Consultant and Universal Design Specialist
What do we mean by accessible, universal design, adaptable, or barrier-free?
How can we end the bottleneck caused by the federal, provincial and municipal governments all declaring that housing is the responsibility of the others?
How can we motivate all levels of government to work together to end discrimination in housing against seniors and people with disabilities?
UNITARIANS for SOCIAL JUSTICE say
ACCESSIBLE HOUSING is a HUMAN RIGHT
Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice urge government to comply with UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Members of Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ) have voted unanimously to urge the governments of Canada and all provinces to ensure that all new housing be accessible using universal design standards, and to immediately amend all laws and regulations to make universal design mandatory for all multi-unit housing units funded directly or indirectly by the Government of Canada and/or a province. They also are calling for any public funds or concessions conferred on municipalities, provinces, developers, or any other organization for housing to be exclusively for universally designed housing units.
Although 22% of Canadians have a disability (StatsCan 2017), and millions of seniors want to age at home, there is no law requiring that housing be accessible.
“It is urgent that the National Building Code be changed to require that all new housing be universal design. Universal design will accommodate anyone of any age or ability, going beyond mere accessibility,” Read Much more HERE
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