Press Releases

CPJ is prepared to speak to the media about a number of issues pertaining to our areas of work and organization.

Please contact: Deb Mebude, Communications Coordinator, at or 613-232-0275, ext 225.

Report on climate change impacts in Canada demands urgent action


Ottawa, ON: April 2, 2019Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) has long advocated for Canadian climate and energy policy that aligns with the Paris temperature goals. Central to a plan to meet and exceed emissions reductions of 30 per cent of 2005 levels by 2030 is the amplification of the federal carbon pricing commitment, follow-through on the promise to end fossil fuel subsidies, and a reallocation of funds towards renewable energy and efficiency measures.

Press Release: Pre-election Budget postpones needed policy changes

Budget 2019 presents important aspirations but lacks prompt implementation. 

With its emphasis on gender equality, deepening efforts towards reconciliation, and notable shifts towards a cleaner economy, the budget sends positive signals about the priorities the Government of Canada wants to emphasize. But with little more than half a year left in the current mandate, this pre-election document reads as mostly a series of hopeful platitudes towards a future that may never come. 

CPJ board welcomes new Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is pleased to announce the hiring of Willard Metzger as Executive Director.

We are confident that Willard will continue to follow the visionary leadership that Joe Gunn has shown for the last ten years. Willard will begin working on January 31, 2019.

Fall economic update too "middle" minded


Ottawa, ON: November 22, 2018 – Write-offs for business in the name of boosting Canada’s middle-class formed the focus of the Liberal government’s latest fall economic statement.

Missing, however, was any mention of Canada’s new poverty reduction strategy, support for refugees, or investments to keep global temperature increases below 1.5 C.

Thousands take to streets to call for a poverty-free Canada

Volunteers call for the federal government to build on the newly-released Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy in Budget 2019 to end poverty in Canada.

For Immediate Release

Ottawa, ON: October 17, 2018 — Today, thousands of people representing over 100 groups across Canada are marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and calling on the federal government to take immediate action on this ongoing violation of human rights.

Faith group applauds federal move to price emissions


Faith group applauds federal government move to price emissions

Unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe Territories [OTTAWA]: October 23, 2018 – Today Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the “Government of Canada [is] fighting climate change with price on pollution.” This announcement acknowledges the significant urgency of climate action and demonstrates much needed federal leadership in Canada.

CPJ lauds the launch of a federal poverty strategy


Ottawa, ON: August 21, 2018 — After years of advocacy from anti-poverty organizations across Canada, the federal government has launched the long-awaited national poverty reduction strategy – Creating Opportunity for All: Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Press Release: A Gender-Based Budget with Little Ambition

Budget 2018 is an important symbolic step for women, but doesn’t go far enough


Ottawa, ON: February 27, 2018 — Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is encouraged to see the federal government release Federal Budget 2018 with a gender-based analysis, the first federal budget in Canada to do so. Proposing legislation on pay equity and improving women’s access to jobs are both important pieces in tackling women’s economic equity.   

Precarity in Canada Requires Comprehensive Poverty Plan

A new infographic series shows how people in Canada are struggling to make ends meet


Ottawa, ON: February 8, 2018 — A new report from the Dignity for All Campaign highlights the precarious lives of people across Canada and the need for a comprehensive national, anti-poverty plan.


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