Mr. Paul Ralph
Director Planning Services City of Oshawa 8th Floor,
Rundle Tower, City Hall 50 Centre Street
South Oshawa ON,
Dear Mr. Ralph:
Re: Student Accommodation Strategy
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the City of Oshawa's Student Accommodation Strategy. Attached is the Ontario Human Rights Commission's ("OHRC") written submission.
The OHRC recognizes the work of the City of Oshawa in preparing a strategy that will increase the amount of affordable housing in the community, which will benefit not only young people, but also other people across the community who may be from groups protected by the Human Rights Code ("Code"). Based on our work in this area, we have made several recommendations for the City's consideration, which we believe will help promote a culture of human rights and will support compliance with the Code.
We appreciate the opportunity to have the submission appended to the final report of Student Accommodation Strategy, which I understand will be discussed at City Council on April 8, 2010. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Anya Kater, Senior Policy Analyst, at 416-314-4551.
Barbara Hall, B.A, LL.B, Ph.D (hon.)