Promoting and claiming social and economic rights through an inclusive human rights practice

What's New

Canada adopts historic National Housing Strategy Act recognizing housing as a fundamental human right and establishing meaningful accountability, in line with draft legislation we proposed!. Read all about it.

CERA/SRAC launch Community Based Tenant Initiatives Project: Implementing the Right to Housing through Community Education and Empowerment

The struggle continues in Toussaint v Canada. Canada continues to deny irregular migrants access to essential healthcare and SCC declines to reconsider leave application. Read more.

Charities liberated to engage in public policy after decn in Canada Without Poverty v Canada


New Publications

Jackie Dugard, Bruce Porter, Daniela Ikawa and Lilian Chenwi (eds) Research Handbook on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as Human Rights

Bruce Porter "Bruce Porter, The Interdependence of Human Rights

Elizabeth McIsaac and Bruce Porter "Housing Rights: Ottawa takes an historic step forward"Literary Review of Canada,(November, 2019)

Martha Jackman & Bruce Porter "Social and Economic Rights" in P. Oliver, P. Macklem and N. Des Rosiers, The Oxford Handbook of the Canadian Constitution (New York, Oxford Univesity Press, 2017) at pp 843-866.

Martha Jackman and Bruce Porter (eds)  Advancing Social Rights in Canada (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2014)

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Inclusive Interpretations: Social and Economic Rights and the Canadian Charter 

Rethinking Progressive Realization: How Should it be Implemented in Canada?.


Designing and Enforcing Social Rights Remedies: Reflections on the Canadian Experience

From the Archives

Human Rights and the Right to Housing in Housing - A Right, a publication to coincide with an exhibition at the Power Plant Gallery on homelessness and the right to housing. Now Magazine, Toronto, 1989.

Bill C-400 earlier proposed housing strategy legislation.

1992 Alternative Social Charter 

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The Social Rights Advocacy Centre

A not for profit NGO dedicated to relieving poverty and improving access to adequate food,clothing, housing, education, healthcare and other requirements of dignity, equality and security through human rights research, public education and legal advocacy in Canada and around the world in support of economic, social and cultural rights (social rights).

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Current Activities

Right to Housing in the National Housing Strategy Act

Grounding Canada's New National Housing Strategy in the Right to Adequate Housing

See the new National Housing Strategy Act, affirming the right to housing; providing for submissions to a Housing Advocate and referral of systemic issues to a panel to determine compliance with the right to housing.

See the article on the significance of the NHSA

B Porter and E McIsaac, "Housing Rights: Canada Takes and Historic Step Forward"

 

Implementing the Right to Housing through Community Education and Empowerment: A Community Based Tenant Initiative with the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)

Powerpoint on applying the right to housing to the arrears/eviction crisis.

 

Support for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing 2014-2020

SRAC provided research and admininistrative support for the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha assisting, in particular, with the drafting of the following thematic reports to the UN Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly

Guidelines for the Implementation of the Right to Housing (A/HRC/43/43)

Access to Justice for the Right to Housing (A/HRC/40/61)

The Right to Housing for Residents of Informal Settlements (A/73/310/Rev.1)

Human Rights-Based Housing Strategies (A/HRC/37/53)

Checklist: 10 Principles in a Rights Based Housing Strategy

The Right to Adequate Housing of Persons with Disabilities (A/72/128)

Right to Life and the Right to Adequate Housing (A/71/310)

The Financialization of Housing (A/HRC/34/51)

Homelessness as a Global Human Rights Crisis (A/HRC/31/54)

The Right to Housing and the New Urban Agenda (A/70/270)

Responsibilities of Local and Other Sub-National Governments (A/HRC/28/62)

Preliminary Reflections on Mandate Priorities (A/69/274)

Other International Initiatives

Petition to the UN Human Rights Committee results in ground-breaking decision in Toussaint v Canada. Canada violated the right to life by denying irregular migrants access to essential healthcare. Read more.

La decisión histórica en Toussaint v. Canadá sobre el acceso a la atención médica esencial para migrantes irregulares ahora está disponible en español.

Violations of the Right to Life and to Non-discrimination of those who are Homeless and Migrants in Need of Health Care in CanadaSubmitted to the United Nations Human Rights Committee by ESCR-Net in conjunction with the Social Rights Advocacy Centre and the Charter Committee on Poverty Issue for the Sixth Period Report of Canada under the ICCPR

Joint Submissions of SRAC with ESCR-Net and Global Initiative for ESC Rights for Human Rights Committee Discussion of New General Comment 36 on the Right to Life

Engagement with Third Univeral Periodic Review of Canada

Litigation Support 

Advocacy for the implementation of the decision of the UN Human Rights Committee in Toussaint v Canada. Reconsideration Application to the Supreme Court of Canada: Affidavit of Bruce Porter and Memorandum of Argument

Challenging the Violation of Charities' Right to Freedom of Expression: Canada Without Poverty v. Canada

See the amazing decision. CWP v AG Canada 20180716

Historic Challenge to Homelessness in Canada: Tanudjaja et al v. Ontario and Canada For more information on this historic case click here.

Challenging Discrimination Because of Social Condition or Poverty

Research

Human Rights Cities in the Canadian context with Nevena Dragicevic (Maytree) (forthcoming)

The International Human Rights Framework for the National Housing Strategy Act (for the Canadian Human Rights Commission in conjunction with the National Right to Housing Network) (forthcoming)

SRAC Co-Directed the Major Research Project Under the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council: Community-University Research Alliance and continues to update the website on a voluntary basis (when possible)

Social Rights Community-University Research Alliance

Publications

Jackie Dugard, Bruce Porter, Daniela Ikawa and Lilian Chenwi (eds) Research Handbook on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as Human Rights(Cheltnam: Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming)

Martha Jackman & Bruce Porter "Social and Economic Rights" in P. Oliver, P. Macklem and N. Des Rosiers, The Oxford Handbook of the Canadian Constitution (New York, Oxford Univesity Press, 2017) at pp 843-866.

Check out all of the other SRAC publications and working papers.