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.

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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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Chew on This! 2018 is around the corner!

CPJ and the Dignity for All campaign are preparing for our 6th annual nation-wide Chew on This! campaign. Each year on October 17th, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, people across the country engage their communities about poverty in Canada and the need for the federal government to create a comprehensive, human rights-based, and fully-funded anti-poverty plan. For the past two years, Chew…

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“For you always have the poor with you…”

About two days before Jesus was crucified, a woman broke open an alabaster jar filled with costly ointment and poured it on his head. Some witnesses were outraged and said, “Why was the ointment wasted in this way? It could have been sold for more than 300 denarii, and the money given to the poor.”…

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Is Canada’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy a real Opportunity for All?

Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) has worked as co-leads with Canada Without Poverty of the Dignity for All campaign since 2009. The goal of this campaign is the creation of a national anti-poverty plan that is comprehensive, legislated and funded to meet its mandate. The ultimate goal is an end to poverty in Canada.

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Church Members help put Anti-Poverty Vision before Parliament

For over a decade, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) and its partners have been part of a process of encouraging lawmakers to put a national anti-poverty vision before the Canadian Parliament. In late August there was good news that the effort is paying off as the federal government released Opportunity for All, Canada’s first National Poverty Reduction…

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