Right to Health, A Comparative Law Perspective: Canada

Derek J. Jones

Study submitted to the European Parliamentary Research Service

This study explores Canada’s right to health largely as expressed through Canadian federal law …

Part I begins by summarizing selected historical and contemporary dangers to the health of Canadians, including the challenges of the global Covid pandemic.

Part II examines relevant constitutional and selected statutory provisions of Canadian federal law.

Part III reviews some of Canada’s leading jurisprudence expressive of the concept of the right to health.

Part IV explores the concept, content and limits of a right to health through three lenses: as part of modern international human rights law; as a prism of rights sculpted over time on a pedestal of Canadian laws; and through case studies.

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