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


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The Toussaint case on right to life of irregular migrants and healthcare

The Tanudjaja Charter challenge to the failure to address homelessness

The National Housing Strategy Act and the right to housing in Canada

The 2019 Toronto Housing Charter and its Implementation Plan

Charter Committee on Poverty Issues Interventions

Social Rights In Canada Community-University Research Project


What's New

CCPI/CHC/FCJRC and AI/ESCR-Net file facta in Toussaint v Canada

Presentations to Dept of Justice and OGD on National Housing Strategy Act with NRHN and WNHHN

The progressive realization of the right to housing: Paper prepared for the National Housing Council

Three papers on implementing the right to housing under the National Housing Strategy Act

Co-ordinated Legal Action to challenge Canada and other States obstructing #TRIPS Waiver at the #WTO! Letter to Minister NG

CERA and National Right to Housing Network Make first SUBMISSION under the National Housing Strategy Act.

Charities liberated to engage in public policy after groundbreaking decn of Justice Ed Morgan in Canada Without Poverty v Canada

New Publications

Bruce Porter, La interdependencia de · los derechos humanos in Derechos sociales y el momento constituyente de Chile: Perspectivas globales y locales para el debate constitucional (Distrito Global, 2021)

Jackie Dugard, Franziska Sucker & Bruce Porter & Jamie Burton, Supporting the TRIPS COVID-19 waiver is an essential step to support international human rights (Open Global Rights, 2021)

Bruce Porter, Implementing the Right to Adequate Housing Under the National Housing Strategy Act: The International Human Rights Framework (2021) (en francais)

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

From the Archives

1992 Alternative Social Charter 

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See the Social Rights Community-University Research Alliance co-directed by SRAC.

See ESCR-Net's Case Law Database on Social Rights.

SRAC provides important research into social rights, based on a participatory research model and extensive consultation with affected communities. SRAC board members are active in SRAC research projects and oversee the direction of SRAC research. SRAC also relies on an extensive network of academic researchers and practitioners from across Canada and around the world for assistance and consultion in its research initiatives. Its innovative research model bridges academic and community and domestic and international research.

SRAC's research focuses on enhancing social rights accountability mechanisms at the local, provincial, national and international levels, providing research and organizational support for community organizations to develop capacity in social rights practice, and compiling and analysing emerging case law, including pleadings and strategic approaches used in this area. Through funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council - Community University Research Alliance (CURA), SRAC provides part-time funding for its Executive Director to co-direct the Social Rights Accountabilitiy Project. That research has been unanimously judged by a Mid-term Adjudication Committee for the Social Sciences and the Humanities Research Council as “among the best ones reviewed.” Many recent developments in the area of social rights countability , both in Canada and internationally, were supported by research and action initiated under the project. The project has been presented to international visitors as exemplary of the principles behind, and the effectiveness of, the CURA model.

Some of the research outcomes of the SRAP at


Current areas of research include:

  • International Adjudication Under the New OP-ICESCR. Strategies and Challenges.

  • The right to life and access to healthcare
  • The reasonableness standard of review of positive measures - toward a convergence of disability rights, reasonable limits (s.1), international human rights norms and administrative law.

  • Justiciability of obligations regarding progressive realizaiton

  • Immigration Status and Homelessness as Prohibited Grounds of Discrimination in Domestic and International law
  • Litigating Disability Social Rights