Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation

Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation

What Happened

After the Harper Government changed the mandate of Status of Women Canada and banned the use of federal funds for advocacy on women’s issues, funding for CERA by Status of Women Canada was cut.


Status of Women Canada funding and support enabled CERA to establish, to advocate for and to provide capacity building across the country to end women’s homelessness and inadequate housing. After the Harper Government changed the mandate of Status of Women Canada and banned the use of federal funds for advocacy on women’s issues, funding by Status of Women Canada was cut. It was a significant blow to an organization without any core funding.

Relevant dates:

  • Spring of 2010: CERA, along with many other organizations, lost funding from the Conservative government

Role or Position

The Centre for Equality and Rights in Accommodation (CERA), a non-profit organization, is the only organization in Canada dedicated to ending discrimination in housing and promoting human rights in housing. It fights discrimination, promotes social and economic rights, and advocates on behalf of homeless and economically disadvantaged women.

Implications and Consequences

  • Equality: Funding cuts could weaken the only organization dedicated to defending equality in housing rights, and in turn weaken the defence of those rights – citizens could have less equal access to appropriate housing.
  • Equality: The undercutting of work that defends and promotes women's equality throughout the country.

Published on: 28 March 2011