Consultations to inform the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (CPRS) have begun!
For the first time, the federal government is now ready to develop a national poverty reduction strategy.
On February 13th, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Jean-Yves Duclos, launched consultations for the CPRS. The government consultation process features opportunities for members of the public to share ideas and respond to questions that will inform the development of the national strategy, including a discussion forum, individual and organizational surveys, and a story sharing forum.
Use CPJ's resources to help guide an understanding of the framework and policies that should be part of a national strategy and to help your communities engage in the consultation process. (For printed copies of the CPRS resources, contact Darlene: email@example.com.)
CPJ believes that the federal government must develop a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (CPRS) that is grounded in and responsive to the experiences of the most vulnerable in Canadian society.
- Poverty in Canada Backgrounder (PDF)
- CPJ's Policy Recommendations for a CPRS (PDF)
- Guaranteed Livable Income Policy Recommendations (PDF)
- Faith Communities in Canada Speak Out: Canadian Council of Churches Statement on On Promoting Climate Justice and Ending Poverty in Canada
- Five Qualities the Liberal’s New Anti-Poverty Plan Must Include, By Joe Gunn, Huffington Post (November 2016).
- Go to Dignity for All for further resources and the Dignity for All National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada.
Faith Community Resources
CPJ has been engaging with faith communities to share our work, to identify key policy priorities, and to provide updates about the federal process and the work of CPJ and the Dignity for All campaign.
We encourage faith communities to participate in the consultations using the form below and the following resources:
- CPRS Consultation Bulletin Insert (PDF)
- Living Justice: A Gospel Response to Poverty
- Dignity for All workshop, Program Boost: Workshops for Adults, Mandate Magazine (November 2016), United Church of Canada.
- Churches Can Make a Difference in Ending Poverty, by Darlene O'Leary, Christian Courier (Sept 2016).
- Reconciliation as Sacred Work, by Darlene O'Leary, Christian Week (July 2016).
Take action and have your voice heard by signing the Dignity for All form below!
As people of faith and justice, it is time to stand in solidarity with those who carry the burden of poverty and call out for a strategy that will improve the lives of millions of people across Canada.
Let’s make sure the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy is strong, accountable, and promotes the dignity of all people!
Let the federal government know what you want to see in the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy:
The Dignity for All form goes directly to Employment and Social Development Canada's Poverty Reduction Strategy consultations.