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 

See Further publications

Canada's Third Universal Periodic Review


Civil Society Submissions

Draft Report of the Working Group

UPR Recommendations to Canada grouped thematically

Recommandations au Canada

Voluntary Commitments Made by Canada

Civil Society Consensus on Key Requirements of a Rights-Based Housing Strategy

Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

Cross country Engagement Sessions with Government Officials Regarding the Recommendations to Canada

Joint Report from SRAC and CCPI for Periodic Review of Canada focusing on Access to Justice for Migrants and Homeless in Canada

SRAC in Geneva to promoteĀ key social rights recommendations for Canada's upcoming UPR