What We Do

Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is a national, progressive organization of members who are inspired by faith to act for justice in Canadian public policy. CPJ promotes social and environmental justice in Canadian public policy, focusing on poverty in Canada, climate justice, and refugee rights.

For more than 50 years, justice-oriented people of faith, along with churches and religious orders, have joined their voices as Citizens for Public Justice. Together, we’re working towards a better Canada.

Public justice is the political dimension of loving your neighbour, caring for creation, and achieving the common good. CPJ works to keep public justice front and centre in public policy debates.

CPJ has a small, professional staff team based in Ottawa and a board of directors with representatives from across Canada.

We invite you to help us to be a hope-filled presence in Canadian public affairs by joining your voice to ours.

Our work includes:

  • Research: CPJ prepares infographics and reports which explore key policy issues.
  • Citizen Engagement: CPJ creates opportunities for citizens to engage the political process and advocate for social and environmental justice.
  • Church Resources: We prepare reflections, prayers, workshops, activities, and books that are centred on responding to God’s call for love and justice.
  • Policy Statements: CPJ communicates the results of our research and analysis to federal government policy-makers, including civil servants, MPs, and parliamentary committees.
  • Events: We regularly host and participate in public meetings, workshops, conferences, seminars, consultations, and round-tables.
  • Media: CPJ publishes articles and opinion pieces in mainstream and Christian media outlets.
  • the Catalyst: Our print newsletter exploring issues of public justice in Canada.
  • Books: CPJ’s popular worship and action guides on poverty in Canada and ecological justice and Joe Gunn’s Journeys to Justice.
  • JusticE-NEWS: Our monthly electronic newsletters.

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