"Criminalized just for trying to survive"

Pivot Legal Society is leading a challenge of the City of Vancouver’s bylaws prohibiting street vending.

Increasing police accountability

These bylaws unfairly target low-income people, with the effect of prohibiting street vending as a means of survival income generation. As a result, they marginalize people and place them in danger by preventing them from accessing safe, low threshold employment.

Four residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside are challenging the constitutionality of the city’s Street Vending bylaw on the grounds that it infringes on the constitutional right to the security of person.

Read the backgrounder here.