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Human Rights Act (amended)


(as introduced)

3rd Session, 62nd General Assembly
Nova Scotia
65 Elizabeth II, 2016

Private Member's Bill

Human Rights Act

Marian Mancini
Dartmouth South

First Reading: October 18, 2016

(Explanatory Note)

Second Reading:

Third Reading:

Explanatory Note

This bill adds a substantive right to the Human Rights Act respecting an adequate standard of living.

An Act to Amend Chapter 214
of the Revised Statutes, 1989,
the Human Rights Act

WHEREAS Canada is a signatory to the 1976 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and has ratified the Covenant;

AND WHEREAS the Covenant provides that "The ... Parties ... recognize the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions.";

THEREFORE be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 Chapter 214 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Human Rights Act, is amended by adding immediately after Section 21 the following Part:


21A (1) Everyone in the Province has the right to an adequate standard of living when in need.

(2) The right referred to in subsection (1) includes the right to adequate housing, healthcare, food and water and social services.

(3) The Government of the Province shall take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources, to achieve the progressive realization of the rights referred to in this Section.

(4) Nothing in this Section precludes any law, program or activity that has as its object the amelioration of conditions of disadvantaged individuals or groups.


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