Abbotsford homeless lawsuit

After years of criminalization and displacement, the Supreme Court of B.C. delivered a groundbreaking ruling in favour of a community of homeless people Pivot represented in a challenge to bylaws in Abbotsford. In a decision delivered in October 2015, the Court found that City bylaws prohibiting homeless people from sleeping in public places violate Section 7 of the Charter, which protects individuals’ safety and security of person. The Court also  denied the City’s request for a permanent ban on homeless camping. In striking down the bylaws, the Supreme Court of B.C. ruling recognizes the right to shelter in public space between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. and represents a crucial first step in establishing a right to housing in Canada.