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.
News: Poverty in Canada
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.
#ChewOnThis is a little less than a month away and already over 40 communities across Canada have signed up, from St. John’s to Victoria and Whitehorse, communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast are taking part in the movement and joining us in the call for a national anti-poverty plan.
To mark this milestone we’ve released a short PSA about #ChewOnThis and updated our website, check it out below!
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.
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.
Originally published in The Hill Times.
By Katie-Sue Derejko and Janelle Vandergrift
Jurisdictional debates have become the roadblock in the Canadian conversation about poverty, well-being, and health care. This obstacle is inevitable considering the way Canada is governed. But are jurisdictional arguments truly an insurmountable barrier or are they instead an easy way of letting the federal government off the hook? We fear it might be the latter.
#WeHaveAPlan – But Do They?
Citizens for Public Justice and Canada Without Poverty release a National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON: February 3, 2015 – It’s time for a plan to end poverty in Canada. In a country as wealthy as ours, 4.8 million people struggle to make ends meet: to pay their rent, feed their families, and address basic needs. Today, Dignity for All, a collaborative campaign between Citizens for Public Justice and Canada Without Poverty, released their much-anticipated National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada.
Most Canadians are not aware that 1 in 7 people in this country experience poverty. More than 800 000 rely on food banks each month and 13.3% of Canadian children live in poverty. And on any given night, about 30, 000 Canadians are homeless.
But what does poverty actually look like in Canada?