Press Releases

CPJ is prepared to speak to the media about a number of issues pertaining to our areas of work and organization.

Please contact: Brad Wassink, Communications Coordinator, at or 613-232-0275, ext 225.

CPJ encouraged by coal commitment

Citizens for Public Justice hopes to see similar measures on oil and gas


Ottawa, ON: November 21, 2016 — Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is encouraged by Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna’s announcement today that Canada will phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030.

Thousands Across Canada Call for Federal Action on Poverty

Volunteers call for forthcoming national anti-poverty plan to assure the rights of people in living in poverty

For Immediate Release 

Ottawa, ON, October 17, 2016 — Today, October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Volunteers across Canada are taking to the streets to participate in the fourth annual “ChewOnThis!” campaign. The campaign is organized by the Dignity for All campaign which is co-led by Canada Without Poverty (CWP) and Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ).

Human rights key to poverty reduction plan

Anti-poverty group calls for Duclos to listen to Canadians with lived experiences of poverty


Ottawa, ON: October 4, 2016 — Today, Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development announced that he will be consulting with Canadians to develop a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (CPRS).

More stringent carbon price needed to achieve climate goals


Ottawa, ON: October 3, 2016 — Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is encouraged by the spirit of Prime Minister Trudeau’s announcement of a carbon price as a central pillar of Canada’s climate action plan, but laments that the established pricing levels will do little to meaningfully reduce Canadian GHG emissions.

National Housing Strategy Must Be Part of Anti-Poverty Plan


Ottawa, ON: June 28, 2016 – Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, is meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts this week. Before the meetings, Duclos announced his plans to develop a National Housing Strategy over the next year.

Press release: Budget 2016

Significant progress, glaring omissions 


Ottawa, ON: March 22, 2016 — The 2016 Federal Budget, released today by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, includes significant measures that work to advance public justice in Canada. However, Citizens for Public Justice, noted that this budget fails to live up to the federal government’s commitments to national plans to combat poverty in Canada and the effects of climate change.

CPJ welcomes full reinstatement of refugee health care

For Immediate Release

Ottawa, ON: February 18, 2016 – Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) welcomed a commitment today from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum and Health Minister Jane Philpott to fully reinstate refugee health care.

Advocates call on Duclos to move ahead on poverty reduction


Ottawa, ON: February 5, 2016 —  Dignity for All: the campaign to end poverty in Canada, co-led by Canada Without Poverty (CWP) and Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ), is pleased that social services ministers from across Canada are meeting to discuss critical social policy issues for the first time in ten years. Dignity for All is encouraging the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos to take this opportunity during his meeting with Provincial-Territorial social service ministers to initiate consultations about the development of a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.

CPJ supports ending audits of charities


Ottawa, ON: January 20, 2016 - For years, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) has called for fairness and appropriate prioritization in the Canada Revenue Agency’s activities. Today, we welcome the government’s announcement to take clear steps in the direction by ending the CRA’s political activities audit program.

CPJ responds to point-in-time homelessness count

For Immediate Release

Ottawa, ON: January 5, 2016 –Today, the Government of Canada announced its plans for a broadly coordinated point-in-time count of homelessness in partnership with 30 communities across the country. This survey is an effort to gather information about Canada’s homeless population in participating communities so that all levels of government can identify the needs and required resources. It also provides the federal government with data that would inform the development of a strategy to address homelessness.


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