Press release : Welfare : Legal Recourse to Challenge Travel Restrictions

Montréal, August 30th, 2016 – An application has been submitted to the Tribunal administratif du Québec (TAQ) to strike down the regulation that restricts the freedom of movement of people receiving social assistance.  Since May 2015, a person who leaves Québec for more than 7 consecutive days, or fifteen cumulative days, in a calendar month loses their right to social assistance.  Arié Moyal, represented by Me Stéphane Proulx of the Community Legal Services of Point St. Charles and Little Burgundy, is contesting this measure.

The Minister of Justice, Stéphanie Vallée, in her capacity as Attorney General of Quebec, was notified of the legal challenge which argues that the welfare regulation contravenes the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms by depriving welfare recipients of their rights to dignity, equality, and freedom of movement. 

In March 2015, the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse stated that this regulation “will increase prejudices against people who are beneficiaries of financial assistance, leading people to believe that welfare recipients use state benefits to travel….the implicit accusations…are clearly prejudices and should never have been propagated.”  

Witness to the dire consequences of this new restriction on the lives of their members, volunteers and participants, the community groups who have launched the campaign Poor + Captive have documented the impact of this regulation and how it undermines the dignity of people receiving last resort financial assistance and reinforces prejudices against people living in poverty.  To find out more:

Source : Poor + Captive  

Contact : Cathy Inouye – 514-583-1483 (cell phone)