Taxes are an important contribution to the common good. They raise the revenues used to pay for democratic institutions and to provide government programs and services.

Taxation policy is a critical component of CPJ’s work on poverty and ecological justice. You can find out more about our work on a guaranteed livable income in the Poverty section. More information about carbon pricing can be found in the Ecological Justice section.

Fall economic update too "middle" minded

Fall economic update too “middle” minded


Ottawa, ON: November 22, 2018 – Write-offs for business in the name of boosting Canada’s middle-class formed the focus of the Liberal government’s latest fall economic statement.

Missing, however, was any mention of Canada’s new poverty reduction strategy, support for refugees, or investments to keep global temperature increases below 1.5 C.

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Tax Reform Can Serve the Common Good

Tax Reform Can Serve the Common Good

In July 2017, Bill Morneau announced the Liberal government’s proposed tax reform, which seeks to close tax loopholes and ensure a more progressive tax system in which all Canadians pay their fair share. Here at CPJ, we have consistently advocated for a fair taxation system that advances the common good in our society. And we are not alone. As outlined in Taxes for the Common Good: A Public Justice Primer on Taxation, 75 per cent of Canadians believe taxes are good because they pay for important social investments that can contribute to an improved quality of life. But not everyone is happy with these proposals, and they have created quite a stir among the Canadian public.

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How Taxes Can Reduce Inequality

How Taxes Can Reduce Inequality

By Dennis Howlett on July 24th, 2017

We need to tackle inequality at both ends of the income scale. Everyone, even the rich, benefits from a more equal society with better population health, reduced crime, better educational and employment opportunities, and a more vigorous economy.

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We Are More Than Taxpayers

From The Catalyst, Summer 2015

By Janelle Vandergrift

These days Canadians are more likely to hear ourselves referred to as “taxpayers” than “citizens.” But what if we viewed ourselves as citizens first? We might stop asking “what’s in it for me?” and begin to ask “what’s in it for everyone?”

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Taxes for the Common Good

“Taxes for the Common Good”

May 2015

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Taxes are not simply about money or fees collected by governments. They are equally about public programs and services, reducing poverty and the harmful effects of inequality, and protecting the environment.

“Taxes for the Common Good” is a series of six fact sheets highlighting the positive role taxes play in a democratic society and summarizing up-to-date information on the costs and opportunities afforded by various federal tax policy options.

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CRA Audits: Six Questions

From The Catalyst Winter 2014 A robust, independent non-profit sector that can freely engage in public debate… is vital for a healthy democracy. The prevention of poverty is not a charitable cause, but the alleviation of poverty is, according to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). That ruling, which required Oxfam Canada to change its purpose statement from prevention…

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Taxes for the benefit of all Canadians

September 2014

The federal government should reverse tax cuts that disproportionately benefit a select few in favour of tax credits that more effectively address the needs of low-income families.

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Working Income Tax Benefit: A Pathway out of Poverty

Enhancing the WITB would remove some significant disincentives to paid work in the formal economy, ease pressure on social assistance, and lift working adults out of poverty.

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Income Splitting

Income Splitting: A Contentious Debate within the Canadian Church

From the Spring 2014 edition of The Catalyst. Income splitting, also known as family taxation, would change the tax system so that it takes into account total family (rather than individual) income. It would allow higher income earners to transfer a portion of their annual income to the lower income partner to reduce the household’s overall…

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Bring our Tax Dollars Home

Meet the Canadian Tax Dollar, the mascot for the Tackle Tax Havens campaign. He has been sent off to a tax haven by some wealthy individuals and large corporations in order to avoid paying taxes. He had a good time at first, but now he is homesick and wants to come home so he can do something useful, like help fund health care or education.

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