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.

Press Release: Faith Leaders’ Social Justice Tour Coming to Western Canada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON: April 10, 2015 – Beginning Monday, April 13, 2015, a delegation of national church leaders will be touring Western Canada to engage people of faith in conversations about poverty in Canada and climate change. Each stop on the tour will include an intimate listening event in the afternoon. Local faith leaders…

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Press Release: National Leadership is Needed to End Poverty

#WeHaveAPlan – But Do They?

Citizens for Public Justice and Canada Without Poverty release a National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada

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Ottawa, ON: February 3, 2015 – It’s time for a plan to end poverty in Canada.  In a country as wealthy as ours, 4.8 million people struggle to make ends meet: to pay their rent, feed their families, and address basic needs. Today, Dignity for All, a collaborative campaign between Citizens for Public Justice and Canada Without Poverty, released their much-anticipated National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada. 

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Faith Groups plan Climate Change Vigils on Dec. 7

Vigil in Ottawa to walk to Parliament Hill, Global Multi-faith Commitment Grows as Negotiators Meet

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Ottawa, ON: December 3, 2014 – On the evening of December 7th, “Light for Lima” vigils are taking place all over the world.  People are gathering with candles and solar lanterns to show their concern about climate change.

Building on the momentum from the People’s Climate March where they mobilized tens of thousands of participants, faith groups are holding vigils in thirteen countries to pray for progress towards an international agreement to address climate change.  The vigils will take place as leaders are gathered for the crucial Lima climate talks. 

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Canadians Agree, We Need a Plan to Eliminate Poverty

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Ottawa, ON: October 17, 2014 – Today, marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. People passionate about ending poverty will use the lunchtime on that day to draw attention to the 833,000 Canadians who have to rely on food banks each month to put food on their tables.  As part of Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty Free Canada, volunteers at “ChewOnThis!” events are asking people across Canada to join the strong call for a federal plan to address poverty by simply going online to dignityforall.ca/chew-on-this.

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Press Release: Budget 2014 – Canada disowns the podium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON: February 11, 2014 – Today’s federal budget will not win any medals. Though Christians across Canada have advocated for change, Budget 2014 gave those concerned with poverty, climate change, and refugees little to cheer for. “Nowhere near the podium, the federal government has missed an opportunity to lead, and has failed…

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Income inequality report fails poor Canadians

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON: December 11, 2013 – A report on income inequality released by the House of Commons’ Finance Committee yesterday doesn’t do nearly enough to address the needs of low-income Canadians, says national faith-based organization Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ). According to CPJ’s Making Ends Meet report, released today, low-income families are struggling…

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Press Release: Food Bank Volunteers Fed Up with Government Inaction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON: October 17, 2013 — On October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, food bank volunteers will walk away from their lunch lines to serve up food for thought on street corners in major cities across the country. They are asking everyday Canadians to re-consider food charity as the solution…

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Press Release: Premiers Urged to Address Housing Crisis at Council of the Federation

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Ottawa, ON: July 22, 2013A group of over 50 organizations from across Canada has signed a joint letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne urging her to place housing at the top of the agenda as she hosts the provincial and territorial premiers for the July 22–24 meeting of the Council of the Federation in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

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Press Release: Parliamentarians Unite to Speak Out Against Poverty

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Ottawa, ON: October 17, 2012 – Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada is marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty today with a public event and the release of Poverty Trends Scorecard – Canada 2012, a report that highlights the need for continued federal investments to assist those struggling to make ends meet.

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Press Release: Cautious Speech from the Throne Fails to Address Poverty

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Ottawa, ON: June 3, 2011 – The Speech from the Throne heralding the start of the 41st Parliament held no surprises, a few bright lights and some important gaps.

Citizens for Public Justice greeted with pleasure the commitment to permanently enhance the Guaranteed Income Supplement for Canada’s seniors. It was also encouraging to see the acknowledgement of several key Aboriginal issues, namely access to clean water and the need for improvements to education.

“We were glad to see that the new government realizes the import

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