Press Releases

CPJ is prepared to speak to the media about a number of issues pertaining to our areas of work and organization.

Please contact: Brad Wassink, Communications Coordinator, at oenq@pcw.pn or 613-232-0275, ext 225.

Refugee levels still too low

Citizens for Public Justice calls for stronger refugee resettlement in Canada

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Ottawa, ON: Nov. 2, 2017 — Yesterday, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released details of the 2018-2020 Immigration Levels Plan. CPJ was pleased that our recommendation to set multi-year levels was adopted—the first such plan in nearly two decades. The plan outlines, among other things, the number of Government-Assisted Refugee (GAR) and Privately-Sponsorship Refugee (PSR) allocations for the next three years.

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Bill Morneau

Economic statement a step in the right direction on poverty

Fiscal update suggests the human and economic potential of a comprehensive, fully-funded National Anti-Poverty Plan

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Ottawa, ON: October 24, 2017 — The Liberal government’s Fall Economic Statement made a strong case for the potential of strategic investments to reduce poverty among seniors and low-income families with children. Targeted spending on the Canada Child Benefit, for example, was reported to have lifted hundreds of thousands of children out of poverty, and adjustments to the eligibility and funding of Employment Insurance and various income supports for seniors were held up as lifelines for those “working hard to join the middle class.”

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Chew on This 2017

CPJ marks International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Dignity for All hosts over 80 events in every province and territory

FOR IMMIEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, ON, October 17, 2017 — Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, and Chew On This! events are being held by over 80 groups in more than 30 cities and towns across the country – from Vancouver to St. John’s to Yellowknife. Volunteers will be handing out 22,000 campaign postcards calling for a national anti-poverty plan that is based in human rights and fully-funded in Budget 2018.

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HUMA poverty report reflects many DfA recommendations

HUMA poverty report reflects many DfA recommendations

Committee calls for improved supports for vulnerable communities and a national poverty measure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, ON: June 1, 2017 — The HUMA Parliamentary Committee has released a report on its recent study on poverty reduction strategies. The report, Breaking the Cycle: A Study on Poverty Reduction, summarizes what the committee heard its six-month study from the testimony of 162 witnesses and 74 submitted briefs. It outlines five areas of focus, including: income security; education, training, and employment; housing; mental health; and communities and neighbourhoods.

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Poverty Consultation a Strong Next Step: CPJ

National anti-poverty campaign hopes for a comprehensive plan FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON: February 13, 2017 — Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is encouraged by the announcement today from Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, Jean-Yves Duclos to move ahead with Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. Today, Duclos announced two initiatives that will inform the development…

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Election

Broken electoral reform promise dismaying: CPJ

Faith group has long called for proportional representation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, ON: February 1, 2017 — Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is dismayed to learn today that the Trudeau government has abandoned its promise to enact proportional representation in Canada.

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Muslim Mosque

CPJ Denounces Islamophobia and Violence in Quebec City

CPJ expresses solidarity with Muslim community in the wake of shooting 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Ottawa, ON: January 30, 2017 
— Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) expressed solidarity with the Muslim community of Quebec City in the wake of the shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre last night. 

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House of Commons

Federal action on poverty delayed once again

Poverty Reduction Act voted down in House of Commons FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON: December 6, 2016 — Yesterday, MPs voted down sending Bill C-245, the Poverty Reduction Act, to committee. This bill would have legislated a framework for a national poverty reduction strategy. As co-leaders of Dignity for All: The campaign for a poverty-free Canada,…

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Climate plan indicates positive progress

CPJ commends GHG emissions reductions measures but Canada’s climate target is still insufficient FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON: December 9, 2016 — Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is encouraged by the range of emissions-reduction measures contained in Canada’s national climate plan. And, we are committed to working to bring Canada’s plan in line with the spirit and the…

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Electoral system must be more accessible

CPJ encouraged by committee’s call for greater voter participation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON: December 1, 2016 — Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) was encouraged to see today’s report from the Special Committee on Electoral Reform include a call to promote greater voter participation. “Any changes to Canada’s voting system must also be coupled with…

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