Federal Budgets

Each year, CPJ submits our recommendations for the federal budget to the House of Commons Finance Committee. Once the budget is released, we respond with analysis that outlines the impact of the budget on low-income Canadians, ecological justice, and refugee rights.

Budget 2015 Chooses to Overlook Climate Change and Poverty

Budget 2015 ignores the 4.8 million Canadians who live in poverty. And with major climate negotiations coming later this year, it ignores the climate crisis that future generations will have to deal with. It ignores the tens of thousands of vulnerable refugees who come to Canada looking for a better life.

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Delivering the Good: Twenty Years of Alternative Budgets

Budgets are documents that clarify our values – they say where our hearts really lie (they may also show how we “lie” if we do not walk the talk!) Politicians (just like faith communities, perhaps) may profess in speech to believe in the greater good. Where and how we spend money, and from where and…

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Letter: Budget Bill Restricts Social Assistance for Refugees

November 2014
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160 organizations from across Canada have come together to oppose parts of federal Bill C-43. An open letter was sent to Finance Minister Joe Oliver calling for the withdrawal of sections 172 and 173 in this Bill.

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Working Income Tax Benefit: A Pathway out of Poverty

Enhancing the WITB would remove some significant disincentives to paid work in the formal economy, ease pressure on social assistance, and lift working adults out of poverty.

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Budgeting for the Common Good: 2014 pre-budget submission

Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance Pre-Budget Consultations
In this year’s pre-budget submission to the federal government’s Finance Committee, we focus on the Working Income Tax Benefit, oil and gas regulations, and tax cuts and credits that work against the common good of all people in Canada.

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Parliament

Budget 2014: The Road to Balance – but at what cost?

Jim Flaherty released the federal budget yesterday afternoon, and as expected it presented a “business-as-usual” approach. Announced in the midst of the Sochi Olympics, Budget 2014 contained few new policy announcements, achieving its goal of a quiet release. That silence was heard across Canada as those concerned with stubbornly high poverty rates, continued inaction against…

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Parliament

Press Release: Budget 2014 – Canada disowns the podium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON: February 11, 2014 – Today’s federal budget will not win any medals. Though Christians across Canada have advocated for change, Budget 2014 gave those concerned with poverty, climate change, and refugees little to cheer for. “Nowhere near the podium, the federal government has missed an opportunity to lead, and has failed…

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An alternative take on the 2014 federal budget

An alternative take on the 2014 federal budget

Have you ever wondered what the federal budget would look like if Citizens for Public Justice and other anti-poverty, environmental, and civil society organizations had the chance to write it? It’s all contained in this year’s Alternative Federal Budget (AFB), a collaborative project CPJ and several of our partner organizations contribute to annually. It was…

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Finance Minister Jim Flaherty

Budget watch 2014: the need for visionary leadership

Budgets matter. Whether for a household, business, or government, they not only ensure we are being wise stewards of the resources entrusted to us, but reflect our values and priorities. They can be instruments used to bless and enrich the world around us, or they can perpetuate greed and self-interest. That is why CPJ follows…

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CPJ staff in support of the Proud to Protect Refugees campaign

Fulfilling our Collective Responsibility

This is the third in a three-part series highlighting CPJ’s recommendations for the 2014 federal budget as contained in Fulfilling our Collective Responsibility. This week, we discuss the injustice facing privately sponsored refugees in Canada.

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