The following expert is available to speak about the content and implications of the recently announced National Housing Strategy.
Brian Doucet - Faculty of Environment
Brian Doucet is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning. He researches gentrification, neighborhood change, urban inequalities and flagship developments. He also looks at grassroots movements and urban resistance in North America and Europe.
“A national housing strategy is something that has long been needed in Canada. However, to genuinely address issues of homelessness and affordability, it must clearly state that housing is a basic human right and that the purpose of housing should be to house people.
“Too often, housing is seen as a speculative investment rather than a home and this contributes to many Canadians being unable to access or afford their basic human need and right to shelter. Fair and just solutions to the housing crisis need to come from non-market forms of housing that put the needs of people and communities, rather than investors and speculators, first.”
- Brian Doucet