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.
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. As Canadians of faith we have a responsibility to protect the earth and care for and all of creation.
Investments in low-carbon energy development and putting an end to oil and gas subsidies, as well as funding for skills development and retraining for workers, would help align federal commitments to climate action. They would also increase Canada's global competitiveness as the world moves away from its dependence on fossil fuels.
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.
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.
Policy Statements on Democratic Reform
Public justice demands 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.