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Early in the morning on January 27, 2021, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Lionel Carmant, announced over social media that the Quebec government would not challenge the Superior Court’s decision to suspend the application of the curfew for individuals experiencing homelessness.
The government will therefore amend article 29 of the decree issued on January 8, 2021 (Number 2-2021) in order to officially exempt homeless individuals from having to comply with the curfew.
This decision is a major victory for the Mobile Legal Clinic, because it means the organization will not need to return to court in order to further debate the constitutionality of the curfew or to apply for a renewal of the stay order. People who are currently experiencing homelessness are now formally exempt from curfew.
For more information on this public interest litigation file, please refer to the page dedicated to the case.