The Racialization of Poverty in Canada: Implications for Section 15 Charter protection

The objective of the paper is to address the growing problem of the racialization of poverty and to explore the possible implications of a section 15 remedy for the adverse harm imposed on the racialized population by the condition. The paper calls for judicial review of the racialization of poverty based on the Canadian state’s obligation to address the harm to the dignity of the victims of racialized poverty on the basis of both substantive equality claims under section 15 as well as the international human rights treaty obligations that the Canadian state is signatory to.

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Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion