Bill C-304, draft legislation to create a national housing plan for Canada, has passed through committee and is heading back to the Commons for third and final reading. The bill, which has already passed first and second reading and been amended, requires the federal government to consult widely and create a new national housing plan within 180 days. “We are very excited about the possibility of seeing this bill pass into law during the current session of parliament,” says Bruce Porter of the Social Rights Advocacy Centre. “The bill provides a ground-breaking framework for a new accountability to international human rights and includes a clear commitment to eliminating homelessness.” The Wellesley Institute was one of the expert witnesses during committee hearings. There is no timeline for third reading, as yet. After being passed in the Commons, the bill would go to the Senate for its consideration before the final stage of legislative approval, which is royal proclamation.