CLAS uses its expertise to advocate for systemic law reform. We work with community and advocacy groups to develop concrete proposals to improve fairness in the law and policy that govern the lives of people in British Columbia.
Housing and Evictions
Rental Recommendations 2015: Reforming the BC Residential Tenancy System: CLAS lawyers worked with the City of Vancouver Renters Advisory Committee on this report, building on the longstanding work of other organizations in order to present recommendations for improving the residential tenancy system.
On Shaky Ground: Fairness at the Residential Tenancy Branch (October 2013): In this comprehensive report, CLAS lawyers investigated the Residential Tenancy Branch's performance in its key service areas: education, decision making and enforcement. The report reveals serious and troubling deficiencies in the Branch's work, and makes urgent recommendations for critical changes to the system that is responsible for upholding the rights of tenants and landlords throughout the province.
BC's Residential Tenancy System: 13 Recommendations for Change (May 2013): CLAS partnered with housing advocacy groups to present 13 recommendations for urgent changes to the Residential Tenancy Act, which would dramatically improve the lives of landlords and tenants in BC.
Mental Health Law
Operating in Darkness: BC's Mental Health Act Detention System (November 2017) This comprehensive report documents research on the BC system for mental health detention and involuntary psychiatric treatment and makes recommendations for change to legislation, regulation, policy, and practice to address unfairness and Charter rights deprivations for individuals with mental disabilities.
Submissions to the Privacy Commissioner on disclosure of mental health information through police information checks (February 2014): In response to a call for submissions on the practice of disclosing non-conviction information to employers through police information checks, CLAS argued that this practice unjustifiably infringed the privacy of people living with mental illnesses.
Work-Related Legal Issues
Submissions respecting the Temporary Foreign Worker Program review by the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (May 2016): As a response to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities' invitation for submissions on the future of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, CLAS provided comments on the circumstances of migrant workers in the “lowest-wage streams” within the TFWP and other temporary labour migration programs. The brief examined the vulnerabilities shared by these workers and proposed specific recommendations that would eliminate or reduce them and their potential for harm to migrant workers.
What would it take to make BC the most progressive province for people living with disabilities? (March 2014): As a partner in the Disability Without Poverty Network, CLAS worked with disability advocates to provide detailed and comprehensive recommendations in response to the province's call for submissions on its Disability White Paper.
Overdue: The case for increasing the PWD benefit in British Columbia (April 2011): The Disability Without Poverty Network, of which CLAS is a partner, published a passionate report calling for urgent increases to the amount of income assistance provided to people living with disabilities.