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.

Press Release: Recession Increases Poverty and Economic Insecurity: New Report


Ottawa, ON: May 4, 2010 – The 2008-2009 recession created poverty for hundreds of thousands of Canadian families, according to a new report released by Citizens for Public Justice (funded by World Vision Canada).

Bearing the Brunt: How the 2008-2009 Recession Created Poverty for Canadian Families reveals the deep impact of the recession by examining key economic trends, comparing them to the baseline of 2007 – the last year for which we have poverty measures available. This trend analysis projects that the poverty rate in Canada rose to 11.7% in 2009, an increase of over 900,000 Canadians compared to 2007. The child poverty rate has likely risen to at least 12%, an increase of 160,000 children compared to 2007.

Press Release: CPJ launches Dignity for All Campaign


Calgary, AB: November 22, 2009 - Now is the time to end poverty in Canada. That’s the key message of the Dignity for All Campaign, launched today in Calgary. Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-Free Canada aims to eliminate poverty and build a more socially secure and cohesive Canada by the year 2020.

Press Release: CPJ applauds Parliamentary motion on poverty


Ottawa, ON: March 26, 2009 - Lauding Parliament’s unanimous support of a joint motion urging world leaders to make the fight against poverty a priority, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) reiterated its call for an action plan to reduce poverty in Canada.

The motion calls on the government to ensure that the upcoming G8 and G20 meetings focus on poverty, emphasizing that “income security initiatives and social infrastructure investments protect human dignity, the common good, equality of opportunity and economic prospe

Press Release: Federal budget a lost opportunity, says CPJ


Ottawa, ON: January 28, 2009 - While applauding the government’s serious approach to the economic crisis, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is disappointed that the federal budget did not contain a poverty reduction strategy or any significant measures to help the most vulnerable in Canada.

“We welcome the government’s intention to run a short-term deficit, but, among other things, the budget missed out on two important fronts – helping the most vulnerable and moving towards a green economy,” said Joe Gunn, executive director.

Press Release: Poverty is an affront to human rights


Ottawa, ON: December 10, 2008 - Today is the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. While much has changed over the last 60 years, many challenges remain in the fight for human rights. Surprisingly, this is true not only in the Global South, but also in Canada.

“The abuse of human rights is a tragedy wherever and whenever it takes place,” said Joe Gunn, Executive Director of Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ). “It is inexcusable, however, that in a country such as Canada with abundant resources and capacity, the basic human rights of 1 in 10 of its citizens are not being respected. Poverty is an affront to the universal values of dignity, freedom, justice and peace.”

Press Release: Keep political party financing public


Ottawa, ON: December 1, 2008 - Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) expressed strong concern over the federal government’s proposal to remove the $1.75 per vote subsidy for political parties.

In a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, CPJ board co-chairs Kathy Vandergrift and Jim Joosse outlined their hesitations about this proposal. “We sincerely question the wisdom of such a policy, as it could weaken Canada’s democratic system and encourage voter apathy, which has already reached a worrisome 41% in the most recent election,” the letter said.

Press Release: Poverty violates women's human rights: UN warns Canada


Ottawa, ON: November 24, 2008 - The United Nations says Canada’s record of social assistance negatively impacts women’s human rights. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women just issued its report on Canada’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

“The committee has sent a clear message to our governments,” said Joe Gunn, Executive Director of Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ). “Our governments can’t hide behind jurisdictional disputes to avoid meeting their obligations to Canada’s women and girls. We need acti

Press Release: Child poverty stalled


Ottawa, ON: November 24, 2008 - A report released today by Campaign 2000 shows Canada’s child poverty rate is at almost the same level as when Parliament unanimously resolved to end child poverty by the year 2000.

The 2008 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada reveals that child poverty is virtually unchanged from 1989 levels.

CPJ joined coalition spokespersons on Parliament Hill for the release of the report card. MPs Justin Trudeau (Lib.), Nicole Demers (BQ) and Olivia Chow (NDP) were also present to comment on Canada’s record.

Press Release: Stand Up against poverty: Coalition organizes anti-poverty event


Ottawa, ON: October 17, 2008 - Friday, October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ), along with the National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO) and the Ottawa District Labour Council (ODLC), invites individuals to come out and Stand Up against poverty.

Stand Up, a global movement to end poverty, brings together people across the world to speak out against inequality. Over 43 million committed individuals stood up last year – and this year, even more people are expected to Stand Up and Take Action in solidarity against poverty.

Press Release: CPJ launches new website and advocacy toolkit


Ottawa, ONOctober 9, 2008 – Citizens for Public Justice today launched its newly redesigned website, an interactive and accessible platform for increasing public justice dialogue and encouraging hopeful citizenship. Exciting new features include a blog, with daily postings from policy staff on current justice issues, bookmarking tools, and a thorough search engine.


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