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In 2019, the Canadian government passed the National Housing Strategy Act, legislating for the first time a human right to housing in Canada. This was largely the result of pressure from housing advocates to align Canada’s legislation with the right to housing embedded in international human rights instruments. Despite similar efforts, food rights advocates have not had the same success in having the right to food recognized in Canadian law. This paper considers the question of whether, and how, food rights advocates can use the process of achieving a legislated right to housing as a model in pursuing the legislation of the right to food in Canada. It observes how the right to housing was obtained, while drawing parallels and distinctions to right-to-food advocacy, to identify possibilities and potential hurdles for the achievement of a legislated right to food.