Policy Statements

Poverty in Canada

Poverty Policy Statements on Poverty in Canada

CPJ is calling 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.

Despite multiple calls for the development of a national poverty plan by the United Nations, the Senate, and a House of Commons Standing Committee, Canada has not stepped up to the plate. This means that there is no strategy in place at the national level to address the needs of one in seven people in Canada who live in poverty. 


Ecological Justice

EcoJustice Policy Statements on Ecological Justice​

CPJ’s ecological justice and climate change positions are rooted in an understanding that our economy, ecology, and society are interdependent.

In December 2015, the federal government reaffirmed Canada's emissions reduction target of 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. Since then, federal, provincial, territorial, and Indigenous governments have met to begin work on a national climate action plan. This plan will be finalized in fall 2016 and implemented in early 2017. Canada signed on to the 2015 Paris Agreement but has not developed the domestic policies needed to ratify the agreement. 

As Canadians of faith we have a responsibility to protect the earth and care for and all of creation.


Refugee Rights

Refugees Policy Statements on Refugee Rights

Read CPJ's statements and letters defending the rights of refugees and newcomers in Canada.

Canadians take pride in our country’s multiculturalism. To truly embrace it, we need a new approach to how we treat those who seek refuge within our borders. Public justice means enacting policies that promote refugee resettlement and supporting refugees after they arrive in Canada.


Taxation

Taxes Policy Statements on Taxation

CPJ’s public justice framework supports the notion that taxes are an important contribution to the common good. The majority (75%) of Canadians believe taxes are good because they pay for important things that contribute to a positive quality of life.

Over the past decade, significant changes have been made to Canada’s tax system, including deep cuts to tax rates. The impact of these changes is a cause for concern, as taxes are an essential way that we as citizens fulfill our obligation to promote justice and to respect the right of all people to live in dignity.


Democratic Reform

Ottawa Policy Statements on Democratic Reform

Public justice demands that our leaders to undertake reforms that would increase voter trust and promote participation and healthy engagement in civic affairs.

CPJ believes that introducing proportional representation to our electoral system would make it stronger, help it represent a broader range of views, and respect the reality of pluralism. 

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