Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is a national organization of members inspired by faith to act for justice in Canadian public policy. Based in Ottawa, CPJ is a Christian voice for social and environmental justice in Canadian public policy, focusing on poverty in Canada, ecological justice, and refugee rights.
For more than 50 years, over 1500 justice-oriented Canadian Christians, along with dozens of churches, religious orders and other people of faith, have joined their voices as Citizens for Public Justice. Together, we’re working towards a better Canada.
CPJ works to keep public justice front and centre in policy debates. Our members, who come from a wide variety of faith communities, participate in CPJ’s work through campaigns, dialogue, and financial support. CPJ has a small professional staff team based in Ottawa and a 13-member board of directors with representatives from across Canada.
We invite you to help us to be a hope-filled presence in Canadian public affairs by joining your voice to ours.
Our work includes:
- Research: CPJ prepares infographics and reports which explore key policy issues.
- Citizen Engagement: CPJ creates opportunities for citizens to engage the political process.
- Church Resources: We prepare reflections, prayers, workshops, activities, books, and learning resources are centred on responding to God’s call for love and justice.
- Policy Statements: When appropriate, CPJ engages in non-partisan political activity to seek a change in public policy. We communicate the results of our research and analysis to government policy-makers, including civil servants, MPs and parliamentary committees, primarily at the federal level.
- Events: We regularly host and participate in public meetings, workshops, conferences, seminars, consultations, and round tables.
- Media: CPJ publishes articles and opinion pieces in mainstream and Christian media outlets.
- the Catalyst: Our print newsletter on issues of public justice in Canada.
- Books: CPJ's popular worship and action guides on poverty in Canada and ecological justice and Joe Gunn's Journeys to Justice.
- JusticE-NEWS: Our monthly electronic newsletters.