Social and Economic Rights

  • New SCC decision on economic rights in the family

    On January 25th, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that not extending spousal support and the division of property upon relationship breakdown to common-law couples, or de facto spouses, is constitutional.

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  • Economic Rights Within the Family Project

    With funding from The Law Foundation of Ontario, NAWL has developed A Women’s Guide to Money, Relationships and the Law in Ontario. This online tool responds to the need of young women to know more about their economic rights when entering and leaving common law relationships or marriages and the [...]

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  • The Gosselin Case

    Gosselin v. Québec… a disappointing Supreme Court decision on the right to social assistance. This case is about a Québec welfare regulation that provided drastically reduced benefits (170$ a month) for persons under thirty years of age who were considered able to work.

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  • Discrimination on the Basis of Social Condition

    In December of 1999, NAWL presented a Brief to the Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel. We recommended inclusion of social condition as a protected ground of discrimination under the Act. We also told the Review Panel that if the Human Rights Act is to make a difference for the most [...]

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  • Women and the Social Deficit

    Canada adopted the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 1976. Countries like Canada that have signed the International Covenant must submit progress reports to an International Committee. Groups like NAWL can also present alternative reports to the Committee. In November of 1998, NAWL submitted a report called: Women and the Social Deficit.

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  • Women and Fiscal Policy

    In 1995 the government implemented the most significant spending reductions in contemporary Canadian history. Following these reductions, many women suffered significant economic hardship.

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  • Press Releases on Women’s Social and Economic Rights

    June 28, 2006 in Open Letters NAWL calls on Prime Minister Harper to respect international law on social and economic rights.

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  • Jurisfemme Articles on Women’s Social and Economic Rights

    Winter 2003 “Majority Embraces Stereotype of Poor”, by Shelagh Day

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