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Right to An Adequate Standard of Living

Category: Social Assistance Reform

On June 7th, the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, Hamilton Community Legal Clinic and McMaster Poverty Initiative co-hosted a forum on the Right to An Adequate Standard of Living.  Watch excerpts from the presentation here


Article 25. of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states…

  • (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

Presenters included:

Bruce Porter, Human rights expert – Director of the Social Rights Advocacy Centre

Craig Foye from Hamilton Community Legal Clinic who has championed the need for an evidence-based approach to setting social assistance rates;

Laura Cattari – a Roundtable member and community activist through Advocacy Hamilton with lived-expertise of Ontario’s social assistance system;

Mark Chamberlain past chair of the Roundtable, community business leader and member of the National Council of Welfare;

Dr. Atif Kubursi, Professor Emeritus, McMaster University Department of Economics and international economic development expert