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Amnesty International and ESCR-Net intervened in a case demanding the implementation of a rights-based national housing strategy as recommended by the CESCR, the previous Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing and states under Canada’s Universal  Periodic Review

ESCR-Net is appearing jointly with Amnesty International in an historic constitutional case in Canada, brought by individuals affected by widespread homelessness in that country.

Country: 
Canada
Working Group(s) / Area(s) of Work: 
Corporate Accountability
OP-ICESCR

Sandra Lovelace, a Maliseet Indian, lived on the Tobique Reservation with her parents until she married a non-Indian man. The marriage ended, and Ms. Lovelace returned to the reservation to live with her parents, however, she could not purchase a home on the reserve because the council prioritized housing for members of the group.

A group of homeless people erected overhead shelter in the form of tents, tarps and cardboard boxes at a local park in the City of Victoria.  The City sought a permanent injunction (legal order requiring the homeless to refrain from erecting shelters) and declaration that such structures contravened the Park Regulation Bylaw and Streets and Traffic Bylaw. The City had a documented shortfall of spaces in homeless shelters.

Country: 
Canada
Working Group(s) / Area(s) of Work: 
OP-ICESCR
Country: 
Canada
Working Group(s) / Area(s) of Work: 
Strategic Litigation
OP-ICESCR
Country: 
Canada
Working Group(s) / Area(s) of Work: 
Strategic Litigation
Economic Policy
OP-ICESCR
Country: 
Canada
Working Group(s) / Area(s) of Work: 
OP-ICESCR

The appellant Irma Sparks, a single black mother with two children relied on social assistance and had lived in public housing for ten years. She was given one month's notice that she would be evicted with no reason given. Public housing was exempted from the security of tenure provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act.  Sparks alleged the legislation discriminated on the enumerated ground of race and sex and on the “analogous” grounds of marital/family status (single mothers) and poverty/income.