People without resources and privilege often lack the ability to be heard when they stand up for their rights.

People with resources and privilege are often able to protect themselves through economic, political and legal means. People without resources and privilege often lack the ability to be heard when they stand up for their rights, and a disproportionate number experience intersecting forms of discrimination. In the result, when governments create flawed programs that purport to alleviate poverty, and worse still, when they cancel programs in very harmful ways to individuals who rely on them, these harms often go unchallenged or unrecognized by Canadian courts. And recently, when the COVID pandemic hit Canada, although governments across the country had been planning for this eventuality for months, their official message was: protect yourselves and others by staying home. This message not only failed to protect people experiencing homelessness, it completely failed to acknowledge their existence, let alone provide for this particularly vulnerable group.

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CCLA Intervenes in Jacob v Canada

February 23, 2024
TORONTO — Harini Sivalingam, Director of the Criminal Justice Program of the Canadian Civil Liberties…

CCLA Intervenes in Constitutional Challenge to Criminalization of Panhandling in Ontario

February 6, 2024
TORONTO — Pro bono legal counsel representing the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will appear…

CCLA files arguments in Fair Change Community Legal Clinic v Ontario

December 7, 2023
TORONTO — The CCLA has filed its written arguments in court in Fair Change Community Legal Clinic v Ontario. This case…

CCLA intervenes in Wright v Yukon 

November 9, 2023
CCLA has filed arguments in Wright v Yukon, a case that challenges the constitutionality of the…

CCLA Intervenes in Kingston Encampment Evictions

October 31, 2023
TORONTO — Pro bono counsel representing the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will appear today before…

By Terminating the Basic Income Project Early, the Ontario Government Hurt Vulnerable People

February 1, 2022
On February 2nd, CCLA will be appearing as an intervenor before the Ontario Court of…

Massage Parlours in Newmarket

June 21, 2021
CCLA wrote a letter to the Town of Newmarket expressing our concerns with proposed amendments…

City of Toronto Progress Reports on Homeless Shelters

May 31, 2021
Weekly Progress Reports, published by the City of Toronto, detailing the capacity, occupancy, and other…

CCLA Partners on Report Urging Toronto to Detask Police

January 4, 2021
A new report released this morning is urging the City of Toronto to shift resources…

Superior Court Rules that the City of Toronto failed to protect the homeless.

October 15, 2020
The Ontario Superior Court ruled that the City of Toronto failed to comply with a…

CCLA Wins Fight for Homeless Against City

October 15, 2020
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and coalition partners have won a lawsuit agains the City…

The City of Toronto Breached the Agreement to Protect Those Experiencing Homelessness

September 30, 2020
The City of Toronto breached the agreement to protect those experiencing homelessness, and we are…

City breached agreement to protect homeless

September 29, 2020
The City of Toronto is putting the lives of those experiencing homelessness as well as…

Homelessness Advocates Take City Back to Court over COVID-19 Shelter Crisis

July 6, 2020
Homelessness advocates are taking the City of Toronto back to court, to enforce the City’s…

CCLA and Coalition Partners Help Toronto’s Homeless Population

May 19, 2020
The City of Toronto has finally committed to enforceable physical distancing standards across its shelter…

CCLA Defends Toronto’s Homeless Population

April 24, 2020
Toronto has failed to protect homeless people in its over-crowded shelter and respite system –…

CCLA with Coalition Warns Legal Action Against City of Toronto for Failure to Support Homeless People

April 21, 2020
Toronto has failed to protect homeless people in its over-crowded shelter and respite system –…

Carding in a Pandemic

April 2, 2020
While we certainly understand the enormity of the pandemic, and of the province’s task in…

CCLA’s Urgent COVID Response for Toronto Homeless Population

March 29, 2020
We are writing you about actions and omissions by the City of Toronto with respect…

WHAMMY! Supreme Court of Canada Strikes Down Canada’s Ugliest Populist Criminal Law

December 14, 2018
It’s not everyday that civil libertarians hit a home run in the Supreme Court of…