As the October federal election approaches, housing continues to be one of the critical issues Canadian face. After over 20 years of minimal attention on the issue, the federal government has finally re-engaged with housing policy and funding. While much jurisdictional authority for housing provision and regulation lies with provincial governments, the federal government, nonetheless, can leverage significant affordable housing infrastructure through its spending powers. Indeed, federal leadership in ensuring affordable housing has been key in the past. Yet, housing experts worry the current initiative promises too little, to be delivered tomorrow and not today.Read more
Expertise: Constitutional law, feminist theory, equality rights and theory, housing, social and economic rights, social justice and law
Margot Young is professor in the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. After studying at UBC, the University of Toronto and the University of California, Berkeley, Young began her teaching career in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria. In 1992, she moved to UBC where she teaches in the areas of constitutional and social justice law. She is a research associate with Green College, the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies and the Centre for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC. Margot's research interests focus on equality law and theory, women's economic equality, urban theory and local housing politics and rights. She is also working on the intersections between environmental justice, social justice, feminism and human rights.
Young was co-editor of the collection Poverty: Rights, Social Citizenship and Legal Activism and was recently co-principal investigator of the Housing Justice Project (HousingJustice.ca) and widely published in a variety of journals and books. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Canadian Journal of Women and Law, the Review of Constitutional Studies and Studies in Housing Law and is on the advisory board of the Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice. Young is also active in a variety of professional and community organizations. She sits on the boards for Justice for Girls and the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice and on the David Suzuki Foundation. Young is a frequent commentator in the media on a variety of issues to do with social justice and socio-economic rights issues.