Reform and Analysis

LEAF is best known for its interventions at the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) in cases regarding the “substantive” equality rights of women and girls in Canada. However LEAF’s specialized, legal expertise produces high quality research that has influenced policy reform across health, social and justice systems. In this way, since its founding in 1985, LEAF has stopped discrimination not only through interventions in the courts but also through the production of many key papers and submissions. Each contains research and analysis on a topic, or topics, pertinent to equality rights.

LEAF’s expertise and case history is used by legislators, policy makers, and organizations as a catalyst for change and as a resource in the development and reform of laws and policies. Our litigators and researchers are frequently called upon to offer expertise in policy areas such as social benefits, criminal justice, reproductive rights, and violence against women – nationally and internationally.

LEAF papers and submissions:


  • LEAF contributed to a workshop report alongside other civil society organizations from a symposium on “Advocacy, Procedure, Litigation: Dissent in the Courts” at Osgoode Hall Law School (May 12-13, 2014)


  • LEAF, in partnership with Rights and Democracy, the Women’s Human Rights in Conflict Situations, and the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) have launched a groundbreaking international campaign: Nairobi Declaration (May 17, 2007)
  • Kim Rogers Coroner’s Inquest (2002)


  • Bill C-46: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code after the Decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in O’Connor – 1995. LEAF brief submitted to Standing Committee (March 1997)


  • Submission to Special Senate Committee on National Defence regarding OSSOMM – right to organize and needs of spouses of members of the Canadian Armed Forces (June 12, 1986)