The report notes that discrimination against non-citizens underlies the problems highlighted and in itself represents a violation of the right to non-discrimination. The report also documents how some non-citizens are denied government benefits and services, such as the National Child Tax Benefit Supplement, leaving children in poverty. Another topic highlighted is Canada’s failure to respect the rights of temporary workers to organize and bargain collectively.
The CCR report was prepared for the UN’s examination in May 2006 of Canada’s compliance with obligations under the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, one element of the International Bill of Human Rights.
The report can be found at http://www.ccrweb.ca/CESCRsubmission.pdf and supporting background information at http://www.ccrweb.ca/CESCRbackgrounder.pdf.
Janet Dench, Executive Director, (514) 277-7223 (ext. 2)
Tanya Chute Molina, KAIROS, (416) 463-5312 (ext. 252) on the rights of temporary workers
Geri Sadoway, Parkdale Community Legal Services, (416) 531-2411 (ext. 229) to organize an interview with a person directly affected by points raised in the report