Poverty in Canada

CPJ works to advance federal policy measures that will reduce poverty, including measures on income security, affordable housing, childcare, progressive taxation, and jobs and training. CPJ specializes in providing timely political analysis on these issues, and our research is often referenced in the media and is well-used by groups at both the national and community level. We regularly meet with parliamentarians to provide input on poverty-related legislation.

Canada Says It’s Reached Record-Low Poverty. Experts Say There’s More to the Story.

Darlene O’Leary, socio-economic policy analyst for Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ), agrees that the current MBM provides somewhat of a distorted look at poverty in Canada. “The data is encouraging — however, it’s incomplete,” she told Global Citizen.

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Poverty fight a long way from over, activists warn

Too many people still live below the poverty line, said Darlene O’Leary, social policy analyst with Citizens for Public Justice. “There are still millions living in poverty,” said O’Leary, and the idea that we need to wait until 2030 to see dramatic results (a 50-per-cent reduction in poverty as per goals of the federal government’s poverty-reduction strategy released…

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The Right to Truly “Universal” Healthcare

The simple fact is that Canada needs a pharmacare plan. This would not only improve the health of those within the country and uphold their right to health, but it would also make more fiscal sense.

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Open Letter: Strengthen Canada’s Poverty Reduction Bill

The Dignity for All campaign has written to Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, the Member of Parliament responsible for Canada’s poverty reduction strategy, with recommendations to strengthen Bill C-87, An Act respecting the reduction of poverty. Along with partners, we are calling on the government to align Canada with our obligations under international human rights law to ensure we meet the…

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Reports and campaigns and policy, oh my!

2018 has been a good year for CPJ! We’re grateful to our supporters and donors, those who have participated in our initiatives and those who have financed them. To those who have asked hard questions, and those who have helped us to answer them. Those who have advocated for change, and to the politicians that…

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ChewOnThis! 2018: Bigger and more important than ever

From the Catalyst, Winter 2018 For the sixth year, CPJ and the Dignity for All campaign have marked October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, with our nation-wide Chew on This! outreach and advocacy activities. This year’s Chew on This! was our largest to date, with over 100 groups participating across the country…

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Child poverty in Canada is our failure

Child poverty in Canada is our failure

One of the most obvious issues that people in Canada can agree on is that children are precious and should have the support and care needed to thrive. This does not only apply to our children, but all children. There should not be a child in Canada going to bed hungry, lacking basic needs, health care, and…

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Poverty Costs Canada

Health, Dignity, and Dollars: Poverty Costs Canada

Poverty costs Canadians our health, our dignity, and our dollars.

When we crunch the numbers, there is a good business case to be made that being more ambitious in addressing poverty simply makes economic sense.

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Joe Gunn: Strategy to eradicate Canadian poverty needs an action plan

Faith communities need to continue serving the poor, but even more important, let’s remain vigilant to ensure that political promises to reduce poverty do not simply go up in smoke.

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Ignoring the call for justice is simply not an option for followers of Christ

Ignoring the call for justice is simply not an option for followers of Christ. On this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17, I celebrate the release of Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy with my fellow advocates and the Chew on this! Dignity for All Campaign, which is working towards a poverty-free Canada. Deep…

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