Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) has presented its pre-budget submission for August 2023, emphasizing Canada’s commitment to human rights, sustainable development, and international climate obligations. Key recommendations include:
- Add rights-based conditions to the Canada Social Transfer.
- Implement a wealth tax & restore corporate income tax rates.
- Curb the financialization of housing through investments & regulatory controls.
- Immediately implement CERB repayment amnesty for people with low-income.
- Adequately fund the Canada Disability Benefit in 2023 to lift people with disabilities out of poverty.
- Expand eligibility and enhance the adequacy of the Canada Child Benefit.
- Allocate more funding towards access to healthcare for refugees and migrants.
- Provide more funding for shelter and affordable housing for refugees and migrants.
- Reallocate funds from immigration detention, towards community-based alternatives to detention.
- End all forms of public subsidies for all fossil fuel companies.
- Provide funding in the amount of two billion dollars for the “Futures Fund” program.
- Invest more in climate adaptation and mitigation measures internationally.
Canada’s dedication to the Sustainable Development Goals is evident, with Prime Minister Trudeau’s role as Co-Chair of the SDG Advocates group. CPJ urges the federal government to prioritize investments that align with human rights obligations, treaty agreements, and climate commitments. The focus is on creating a just, inclusive, and sustainable society, ensuring every community’s right to thrive.