Poverty in Canada

Break the Barriers Research on Poverty in Canada

Every October, CPJ releases our report on poverty in Canada. It highlights the unequal impact of poverty on new immigrants, families led by single mothers, un-attached adults, youth, and Aboriginal people. We also report on poverty rates of provinces, territories, and communities across Canada.

People living in poverty in Canada face multiple barriers. As a country, we can do better to address these persistent challenges. We need a national anti-poverty plan that takes a comprehensive approach to the complex reality of poverty. "Break the Barriers" is CPJ's annual report on poverty in Canada. While overall poverty rates have not seen significant change in the last several years, particular groups are increasingly vulnerable.

Ecological Justice

Climate Change 101 Research on Ecological Justice

Earth’s average surface temperature has increased by over 0.85°C since the industrial revolution. This is concerning because although earth’s climate has always fluctuated, the rate of climate change has increased dramatically due to human activity as societies have industrialized.

Read the latest research from CPJ to learn more about a public justice perspective on ecological issues.

Refugee Rights

Refugee Research Research on Refugee Rights

CPJ's research highlights the concerns of refugee sponsorship agreements holders as well as the negative effects that a minimum residency requirement for social assistance would have on refugee claimants in Canada.

"Private Sponsorship and Public Policy" is a survey of church connected sponsorship agreements holders, those two assist refugees in their resettlement. It outlines their top concerns with government policy including wait times, health cuts, and consultation. 


Taxation Research on Taxation

CPJ's research report, “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. 

Public programs – such as education, health care, and, early childhood education care – play an important role in reducing income inequality. Tax changes since 2006 have continued to disproportionately benefit the wealthy, particularly single earner families with children and senior couples with substantial pension incomes.

Democratic Reform

Democratic Reform Research on Democratic Reform

CPJ has long advocated for electoral reform, engaging with the electoral system and its implications for politics from the very beginning of its work. CPJ believes that introducing proportional representation to our electoral system would make it fairer for the representation of views, respecting the reality of pluralism.

Read CPJ’s backgrounder on electoral reform in Canada. 

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