Petition to the Government of Canada
Poor indoor ventilation has been linked to COVID-19 outbreaks;
Poor indoor air quality and ventilation have been linked to impacting overall health for vulnerable populations, such as children and seniors, especially as more people are spending more time indoors;
Social determinants of health influence the health outcomes of all persons in Canada;
COVID-19 has further demonstrated the need to retrofit and improve indoor ventilation systems, especially in older buildings and lower-socioeconomic communities;
Canada has international legal obligations to ensure the human rights of all persons in Canada, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child and Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948);
Retrofitting units with proper ventilation systems is an effective preventative measure against the proliferation of future pandemics; and
It is also a bold step towards increasing the health and safety of all people in Canada.
We, the undersigned, residents and or citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to work with provinces, territories and municipalities to prioritize access to adequate ventilation systems within older apartment buildings located in densely populated Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities.