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Making Sense of Poverty Measures

“If we don’t make sense of poverty measures, we will limit our ability as a society to make good decisions about poverty and related issues” (Cutting through the Fog, 2010, p. 20)

Every Fall, many in the anti-poverty movement in Canada report on poverty trends.

Health leaders join DFA to craft recommendations

Last week 38 representatives of national health organizations, social justice groups, unions, First Nations and Inuit populations, and faith based organizations gathered in Ottawa to join Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada in crafting policy recommendations on health and poverty.   The summit, “Health as a Right and a Public Good was the fourth in a series of events where campaign members and industry experts converge to work on the foundation of a campaign-drafted federal poverty plan.

Is it time for a Guaranteed Livable Income?

Call it what you want – a basic income, guaranteed annual income, or guaranteed livable income – it’s an idea that’s gaining momentum both in Canada and abroad as countries such as Switzerland, India, and Brazil begin to test and consider such a program.

New Poverty Report Released on "Chew on This!" Day of Action

Today, on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we release “Poverty Trends Highlights: Canada 2013,” the latest installment of CPJ’s well-known Poverty Trends Scorecard series. We also join food bank volunteers and other frontline workers from across the country in calling for a National Poverty Action Plan as part of the #ChewOnThis! campaign. Watch for pop-up "food for thought" lunch lines near you!

CPJ calls on premiers to push for federal action on housing

CPJ and our partners in Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada have sent a joint letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne urging her to place housing at the top of the agenda as she hosts provincial and territorial premiers at this week’s Council of the Federation meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Charity is not enough: ending child poverty in Canada

Universal Children's Day, November 20, was a day of creative action, learning, and reflection across the country on all the changes that are needed for the most impoverished children in Canada to live in dignity.

A tale of two provinces: a case for action against poverty

Twelve years ago, British Columbia & Newfoundland and Labrador shared the distinction of having some of the highest poverty rates in the country. Ten years later, Newfoundland had one of the lowest poverty rates amongst the provinces while BC still had the highest. What made the difference?

All-Party Anti-Poverty Caucus Launches

Last week, CPJ had the privilege of attending the kick-off reception for the All-Party Anti-Poverty Caucus (APC) on Parliament Hill. The APC will bring together parliamentarians, civil society organizations, community leaders, researchers, and other key stakeholders to find concrete solutions for reducing poverty. APC co-chair MP Jean Crowder expressed her thanks to the CPJ co-led Dignity for All campaign and acknowledged the role of our February 14th public event, “What’s Next? How do we Address Poverty in Canada”, in laying the groundwork for this non-partisan dialogue.

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