Municipalities across BC have authority to determine land use and zoning within their jurisdictions. Too often this authority is exercised in a discriminatory and stigmatizing way, which results in the denial of services to marginalized and vulnerable groups.
Bylaws, policies, and processes founded on discrimination play a role in perpetuating homelessness, risk of disease transmission (such as HIV and hepatitis C), overdose, and vulnerability to violence. They limit our collective ability to provide evidence-based health interventions for people with addictions in the midst of a public health emergency, and they result in the failure to provide shelter and housing services for people in need.
Using the law as a catalyst for positive social change, Pivot Legal Society works to improve the lives of marginalized communities.