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Canada acceded to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in May 1976. It has not signed, ratified or acceded to the Optional Protocol.

Adoption: The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966 and was opened for signature on 19 December 1966. Its Optional Protocol was adopted by the General Assembly on 10 December 2008 and opened for signature on 24 September 2009.

Entry into force: Convention – 3 January 1976. Optional Protocol – 5 May 2013.

Number of signatories and ratifications/accessions: There are 163 state parties to the Covenant. Six additional states have signed but not ratified the Covenant. There are 18 state parties to the Optional Protocol. An additional 27 states have signed but not ratified the Optional Protocol.

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