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

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Nell Toussaint Responds to Canada re access to health care for irregular migrants. Gets support from Amnesty International and ESCR-Net

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

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

Migrants' Access to Healthcare: Petition to tUN Human Rights Committee. Nell Toussaint v Canada HRC No 2348-2014 to be considered on merits. See Response to Canada's Submissions on Admissibility

Application for Leave to Appeal to Supreme Court of Canada denied in Tanudjaja (Homeless peoples' rights to life, security and equality) Affidavit of Bruce Porter
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Charter Committee on Poverty Issues jointly with the Canadian Health Coalition and ESCR-Net jointly with Amnesty International apply to Intervene in Refugee Health Care Case at Federal Court of Appeal. See CCPI-CHC Written Representations and ESCR-Net/AI Written Submissions

New Book. Martha Jackman & Bruce Porter (eds)  Advancing Social Rights in Canada now published and available at Irwin Law.

SRAC-CCPI Make Submission to CESCR on Right to Effective Remedies in Canada.

SRAC presents at OHCHR Side Event on ESC rights of Migrants in an Irregular Situation

Amicus Brief Filed by ESCR-Net in Detroit Water Cut-off Case. Press Release

Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing Leilani Farha presents Thematic Report to UN General Assembly.

Advancing Strategic Litigation of ESCR under the OP-ICESCR. Read More on Strategic Litigation Initiative

OP-ICESCR gets more ratifications

See the ESCR Case Law Database

and the Toolkit for Action for the OP-ICESR

Book 1 Book 2 Book 3 Book 4

CCPI and CWP file Motion to intervene at Supreme Court on Discrimination because of Povwerty/Social Condition.

Supreme Court Denies Leave in Challenge to Refusal to Waive Fees for Poor People

Toussaint v. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Application for Leave to Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada

Rights-Based National Housing and Anti-Poverty strategies

Bill C-400 model housing strategy legislation defeated by the Conservative majority.

Strategies to Address Homelessness and Poverty in Canada: the Constitutional Framework

 International Human Rights and Strategies to Address Homelessness and Poverty in Canada: Making the Connection


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Social Rights Ontario

New Publications

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

Helena Alviar García, Karl Klare and Lucy Williams (eds), Social and Economic Rights in Theory and Practice: Critical Inquiries (London and New York: Routledge, 2015)

 Bruce Porter, Inclusive Interpretations: Social Rights and Judicial Accountability 

From the Archives

Bruce Porter, 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.

See Further publications

Public Education

Standing Up for Your Social and Economic Rights

The Right to Adequate Housing

The Right to an Adequate Standard of Living

Bruce Porter

Canadian ESC Rights Case Index 2006 
The Right to an Effective Remedy in International Law (Power Point)
Claiming Social and Economic Rights in Canada (Power Point)
Download "Socio-Economic Rights in a Domestic Charter of Rights: A Canadian Perspective"(2006) by Bruce Porter.
Download "The Justiciability of Social and Economic Rights: An Updated Appraisal" by Bruce Porter and Aoife Nolan in the January 2006 edition of Just News.

Enforcing social and economic rights:

View a recent article by Bruce Porter of SRAC on the need for a complaints procedure under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Materials for judges and legal advocates: 

View Bruce Porter's keynote address to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice Spring Seminar, May 2004. 
View the list of relevant cases and materials prepared for the Seminar by Professor Martha Jackman. 
View "Toward a Comprehensive Framework for ESC Rights Practice" by Bruce Porter. 

Bruce Porter "Justiciability of ESC Rights and The Right to Effective Remedies: Historic Challenges and New Opportunities" (Paper commissioned by the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, publication in China forthcoming from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) 

Chinese Translation