The outrageous price of cauliflower created a flurry of discussion online this past month when many Canadians put produce purchases on hold in the face of mounting price hikes. The weight of this reality is even heavier for many families already dealing with tough choices and tight budgets as they struggle to put food on the table.
News: Poverty in Canada
The Huffington Post
For several years, the UN and anti-poverty groups have been pushing for a national anti-poverty plan. Dignity for All: The campaign to end poverty in Canada has worked toward this goal, through broad consultation, since 2009. In February 2015 on Parliament Hill, the campaign launched a model National Anti-Poverty Plan. Based on our experience, here are five key characteristics any solid national strategy should include.
by Michèle Biss
Action on poverty is long overdue. It’s time for our federal government to step up and put in place a comprehensive, rights-based approach to poverty.
Over the past year, the Dignity for All Campaign has been shouting this message from the rooftops. We’ve been spreading the word wherever and whenever we can – at events, through media and social media, and directly in the ears of our federal candidates.
By Randolph Haluza-DeLay, PhD
Demanding action on both climate change and poverty, the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) has released On Promoting Climate Justice and Ending Poverty in Canada: Faith Communities in Canada Speak Out. Citizens for Public Justice helped to draft this inter-faith statement, which also adds a call for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
Today, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) released “On the Margins." It shows the far-reaching impact of poverty, hitting communities across Canada. It also highlights the fact that some groups are hit harder than others. Poverty rates for Indigenous people are at 25.3%, while the national poverty rate for Indigenous children is a staggering 40%. And some First Nations communities are seeing up to 64% child poverty. Meanwhile, poverty rates for single parent-led families and new immigrants are more than double the national rate at 34.5% and 34.2% respectively.
For Immediate Release
Ottawa, ON, October 6, 2015 — As the federal election campaign nears its end, people in over 50 communities across Canada are taking to the streets on Tuesday, October 6 to call for a National Anti-Poverty Plan.
I wish everyone could have had the opportunity to visit those eight cities, participate in the 15 events, and meet with the hundreds of Christians and people of goodwill that came out to these events. I wish you all could have heard the creative ministry and passionate advocacy that is being done all across the country.
At events attended by over 700 individuals, the church leaders heard from dozens of experts, local politicians, and church members passionate about public justice issues. It was clear that people in the Canadian churches really care about poverty and climate change.
By Elizabeth Keith
Canada is a wealthy country, yet 1 in 7 people here live in poverty. Worse still, there is no national plan to fix this, despite many asks for one.
The Economy, the Environment, and Societal Well-Being
As faithful citizens we are encouraged to seek out, debate and promote policies and practices which reflect God’s call for love, justice, and the flourishing of Creation.
Elections offer an important moment to reflect on the policy options before us. As Christians, we are urged to think beyond ourselves and our families, and to consider the well-being of our society as a whole.