Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is a national organization of members inspired by faith to act for justice in Canadian public policy.
For more than 50 years, over 1500 justice-oriented Canadian Christians, along with dozens of churches, religious orders and other people of faith, have joined their voices as Citizens for Public Justice. Together, we’re working towards a better Canada.
Citizens for Public Justice seeks human flourishing and the integrity of creation as our faithful response to God’s call for love and justice. We envision a world in which individuals, communities, societal institutions, and governments all contribute to and benefit from the common good.
Our mission is to promote public justice in Canada by shaping key public policy debates through research and analysis, publishing, and public dialogue. CPJ encourages citizens, leaders in society, and governments to support policies and practices which reflect God’s call for love, justice, and the flourishing of Creation.
We live in a country that provides us with immense opportunities. As citizens, we are called to participate in the public sphere and encourage our governments to adopt just policies. As Christians, we are called to live out our response to God’s call to love and justice. This response is at the heart of public justice.
Public justice is the political dimension of loving one's neighbour, caring for creation, and achieving the common good. It is particularly the responsibility of government and citizens. It involves seeking out and implementing just policies that allow everyone to live in dignity and participate in society. Read more about public justice.
Learn more about the values behind CPJ's work:
- Guidelines for Christian political service and Charter of social rights and responsibilities (1980s)
- CPJ's contribution to public life
- CPJ's take on Faith and Politics
CPJ's Investment Policy
CPJ developed its first investment policy in 2014. At the core of this policy is a commitment to “avoid investments in non-renewable, extractive energy industries, tobacco or alcohol, gaming, arms/weapons manufacturers or distributors, in institutions known to engage in unfair or unethical labour or personnel practices, or companies known to be involved in significant, on-going damage to the environment.”