Poverty in Canada

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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Have Refugees Created a Housing Crisis in Canada?

An influx of refugee claimants from the U.S. has been making headlines for over a year now. Since the beginning of 2018, the RCMP has intercepted 12,378 irregular border crossers. These numbers, however, are actually down compared to the same period last year and are much lower than initial projections. So why have politicians drawn a connection between refugees...

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Letter to Minister Duclos on Poverty Reduction Strategy

August 2018

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CPJ wrote to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Jean-Yves Duclos, to thank his government for following through on their commitment to reduce poverty in Canada, through the release of the first-ever national poverty reduction strategy. 

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Thanks to you, Canada has a Poverty Reduction Strategy!

The federal government launched Opportunity for All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy! After years of calling for federal leadership in addressing poverty in Canada, supporters of CPJ and the Dignity for All campaign have made this happen!

Still, the work to end poverty continues. 

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CPJ lauds the launch of a federal poverty strategy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, ON: August 21, 2018 — After years of advocacy from anti-poverty organizations across Canada, the federal government has launched the long-awaited national poverty reduction strategy – Creating Opportunity for All: Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy.

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