CUPE is part of a broad coalition pushing the federal government to comply with a United Nations ruling calling on the Canadian government to ensure everyone has access to health care, regardless of their immigration status.

The UN Human Rights Committee decision came thanks to the courageous advocacy of the late Nell Toussaint. Nell was a universal health care champion and human rights defender who was denied health care when she needed it, because of her immigration status. She died on Jan. 9, 2023, but her fight for justice continues.

It’s essential to turn up the pressure before an important UN deadline on February 12. Add your voice by signing and sharing the Canadian Health Coalition’s online action targeting key federal ministers.

CUPE has signed a joint letter urging Health Minister Mark Holland, Justice Minister Arif Virani and other responsible ministers to accept recommendations made during a review of Canada’s human rights track record before the UN Human Rights Council, and ensure access to health care without discrimination based on immigration status.

CUPE is remembering Nell and uplifting her struggle by honouring her for Black History Month 2024.