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.

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

Canada Without Poverty v Canada - Historic Win for Charities


New Publications

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

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.

Elizabeth McIsaac and Bruce Porter "Housing Rights: Ottawa takes an historic step forward"

Bruce Porter

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


Inclusive Interpretations: Social and Economic Rights and the Canadian Charter 


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 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. SRAC provides support to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, is on the Steering Committee of ESCR-Net's Strategic Litigation Initiative, the ESCR Case Law Database and the NGO Coalition for the OP-ICESCR. SRAC co-directed a major researh project on Social Rights in Canada and co-ordinates the work of the  Charter Committee on Poverty Issues.

Bruce Porter is the Executive Director of SRAC.

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 this legislation

B Porter and E McIsaac, "Housing Rights: Canada Takes and Historic Step Forward" https://reviewcanada.ca/magazine/2019/11/housing-rights/

Support for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing

SRAC provides administrative and substantive support for the critical work of Leilani Farha, the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing.

See the recent Thematic Reports on Access to Justice for the Right to Housing and on Rights Based Housing Strategies.

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

Rights-Based Housing Strategies A/HRC/37/53.

Checklist: 10 Principles in a Rights Based Housing Strategy

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

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

Bruce Porter Remarks on the Implementation of UN Treaty Body Recommendations, United Nations, New York, October 26, 2016

Third Periodic Review of Canada

Litigation Support 

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

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

SRAC publications and working papers.

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.

 

Discrimination on the Ground of Social Condition of Poverty, homelessness or level of education

 


Advocating for the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights