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.

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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Will the poor always be with us? (and would we notice?)

 On Oct. 17, the world commemorated the UN’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty—but you could be forgiven for not noticing. Canadian media were not paying attention to poverty concerns that day, but readers and viewers were being swamped with an avalanche of reporting about … cannabis. And not to blame journalists, because for some bizarre…

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When a heart-wrenching photo made it better for children

A Canadian study was put together by the group Citizens for Public Justice, a non-governmental organization supported by many of Canada’s churches. It drew on recent information collected from the federal government, Statistics Canada, census data, and other sources. It reported that 19 per cent of Canada’s children were living in poverty and that number increased to nearly 50 per…

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One in six Canadians are poor, CPJ report says

Helping 5.8 million Canadians out of poverty isn’t a charity project. It’s about building a better economy and living up to the human rights we proclaim as a nation.

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Thousands take to streets to call for a poverty-free Canada

Volunteers call for the federal government to build on the newly-released Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy in Budget 2019 to end poverty in Canada. For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON: October 17, 2018 — Today, thousands of people representing over 100 groups across Canada are marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and calling on…

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Poverty Trends 2018

October 2018

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CPJ released Poverty Trends 2018, our annual report on poverty in Canada, a day ahead of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. It reports that a staggering 5.8 million people in Canada (or 16.8%) live in poverty. The report uses several low-income indicators, including the Low-Income Measure (LIM), the Census Family Low Income Measure (CFLIM) and the Market Basket Measure (MBM). Each measure of low income provides different information on poverty using different methodologies to calculate rates of poverty.

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We need a stronger plan to end poverty in Canada.

All people in Canada should live with dignity. One in six Canadians struggle to make ends meet: to pay rent, feed their families, and address basic needs. On October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Moderator Richard Bott will be on Parliament Hill with apples and a message for the Prime Minister: We need a stronger,…

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