moved for leave to introduce Bill C-509, an act to provide for secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians.
Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague, the member for Winnipeg Centre, because I know he has been a very strong advocate for housing rights in the country and in his riding.
I am very proud to present the bill today because it is a bill about respecting the dignity and worth of all people in Canada by protecting their human rights; for the provision of secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing and security in its enjoyment.
The bill would ensure that housing reflects the needs of local communities, including aboriginal communities; that people are not paying more than 30% of their income for rent; that there is appropriate housing for different needs and provides reasonable design options, including access for the elderly and the disabled; and that there is adequate housing for people who are homeless, as specified in a section of the bill.
I thank all the groups that assisted in my bringing the bill to light in the House. It has strong support across the country.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)