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Charter Committee on Poverty Issues
c/o Social Rights Advocacy Centre
1038 Portage Flyer Lane
RR4 Huntsville
P1H 2J6


CCPI has engaged in legal research on a wide variety of subjects of concern to poor people, including:

(a) the relationship between Charter rights and the human rights recognized in international law;

(b) poverty, "social condition" and "receipt of public assistance" as forms of discrimination which should be prohibited under s.15 of the Charter;

(c) access to justice by poor people and Aboriginal people and the impact of sections 7 and 15 of the Charter on the availability of state-funded counsel;

(d) the constitutionality of a "special programs" defense in human rights;

(e) the extent of Federal responsibilities under international law, section 15 of the Charter and section 36 of the Constitution Act, 1982 to ensure the provision of adequate financial assistance to persons in need;

(f) the constitutionality of the clawback of the National Child Benefit Supplement from families on social assistance;

(g) homelessness in Canada as a violation of the right to life and security of the person under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;

(h) the relationship between social and economic rights and women's equality rights.