Use the federal campaign to fight child poverty
With an early debate about supporting families underway, Canada has the opportunity to shed its shameful record on child poverty, says Campaign 2000.
Read the op-ed from Campaign 2000, by our very own Anita Khanna and Sid Frankel (a long-time Campaign 2000 partner and steering committee member in Winnipeg), in today's Toronto Star online edition.
Creative Youth Volunteers Wanted in Toronto!
Family Service Toronto & Campaign 2000 are looking for energetic and creative youth ages 15-25 interested in learning more about poverty through arts-based workshops from mid-July to August as part of the Youth Mobilizing to End Poverty project.
Seizing Opportunities to Reduce Child and Family Poverty.
Campaign 2000, along with its diverse, cross-Canada partner organizations, is pleased that progressive policy proposals for families are back on the national agenda with several new federal-level policies aimed at low, modest and middle-income families announced over the past few weeks. Campaign 2000 has consistently called for an enhanced national child benefit and other vital policy changes in order to eradicate child and family poverty in Canada.
Read our response to the proposals released to date: Seizing Opportunities to Reduce Child and Family Poverty - English or French.
Below are a few media articles about the latest announcements that we thought you'd find of interest:
MacLean's: Let the great family tax battle begin (Note: This article references Campaign 2000's proposal on the child benefit and our 2014 Report Card)
Globe and Mail: On tax cuts, Trudeau shouldn't play on the Tories' turf
Toronto Star: Trudeau ready to battle Tories with tax cuts
Toronto Star: NDP would close tax loophole on stock option earnings, Thomas Mulcair says
Globe and Mail: Seniors the runaway winners in pre-election budget
National Post: Stephen Maher: Joe Oliver's first federal budget less progressive than the late Jim Flaherty's plans
Campaign 2000 responds to Federal Budget 2015
Media Release: Missing the Target: Children and Families in Poverty Left Out of Budget 2015
Touted as family-friendly, the 2015 federal budget misses its target by providing costly tax cuts to the wealthy at the expense of the pressing needs of the majority of Canada's children and families, including those in poverty.
"This budget is out of step with the realities of the majority of families in Canada who struggle to afford child care and housing on virtually stagnant incomes from coast to coast to coast. Over 19% of children in Canada, 1.3 million, live in poverty, yet this budget will not address their struggles," said Anita Khanna, National Coordinator of Campaign 2000. "Low and moderate income families are left out of the vision for Canada outlined in this budget. Targeting tax relief to those in the highest income brackets through income splitting and increasing the limit on Tax Free Savings Accounts, while increasing the Universal Child Care Benefit, is expensive, inefficient and a sure path to greater income inequality."
Open Letter asks Federal Leaders to issue their Anti-Poverty Plan to Voters
A Campaign 2000 open letter sent March 11 calls on each party to issue a national anti-poverty plan as part of the next federal election campaign. In February 2015, all parties voted in favour of Motion-534 on Eliminating Child Poverty, which calls on Government "to work in collaboration with the provinces, territories and First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities to eradicate child poverty in Canada by developing a national poverty reduction plan."
The letter addressed to all party leaders comes in time for March Break. The annual break can be a stressful time for families who lack access to affordable, high quality childcare or who cannot afford to send their children to fee-based programs. This is especially difficult for working parents and those trying to enhance their earning power through education or training. With almost 1 in 5 children in Canada living in poverty and a poverty rate of 40% among Indigenous children, child poverty must be a priority in the next federal election campaign.
What can federal politicians do to end child and family poverty in Canada?
Campaign 2000 recently met with Photojournalisim students at Centennial College interested in learning more about child poverty in Canada. Despite the cold, the students took to the streets of Toronto, asking passers by to respond to this statement:
"Twenty-five years ago, every single member of Canada's Federal Parliament pledged to end child poverty by the year 2000. We are now 14 years past that deadline and the child poverty rate is higher than it was in 1989.
That's not inevitable-- Denmark and Norway have pushed child poverty rates below 7%. We could too.
As we approach a general election in 2015, what do you think today's politicians should do to make good on the pledge to end child poverty for the next generation of kids?"
Thank you to the students involved in this project for your initiative and hard work in completing these videos:
Jeffrey Tse, November Chernick, Akorede Amosun, Xue Bo, Nicole Dawe, Ashleen Grange, Sayada Nabi, Dannika, Russel, Victoria Sue, Fatima Texiwala, Zayhll Willis-Andrew, Bodgdan Stanciu, Roy Herron, Jonathan Costa, Amil Delio.
Special thanks to Neil Ward, professor at Centennial College and to Armine Yalnizyan.
Marking 25 Years since Canada’s House of Commons’ Unanimous Resolution to End Child Poverty in Canada
Campaign 2000 released its new Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada on Monday, November 24th in Toronto. This year marks 25 years since the unanimous House of Commons’ resolution to end child poverty in Canada and five years after the entire House of Commons voted “to develop an immediate plan to end poverty for all in Canada.” The year 2014 also marks the centennial anniversary of our host agency, Family Service Toronto, which is celebrating a century of providing vital community services in Toronto.
The 2014 national report card highlights the compelling reasons why the federal government needs to take leadership and develop a national plan to end child and family poverty. It will present the latest statistics on child and family poverty and make recommendations for all political parties. A Breakfast on the Hill event is scheduled in Ottawa and all MPs and Senators will be invited to attend and urged to take action.
On the same day, several of Campaign 2000 provincial partners released their provincial report cards on child and family poverty, including Vancouver, BC; Edmonton, Alberta; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Toronto, Ontario; Saint John, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Charlottetown, PEI.
Please click on the following links for those report cards:
- Canada Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2014 in English and French
- Check out our new bilingual Pledge Poster, Nov. 2014
- BC Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2014
- Alberta Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2014
- Saskatchewan Release on Child and Family Poverty, 2014
- Manitoba Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2014
- ON Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2014, in English and French
- Nova Scotia Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2014
- New Brunswick Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2014
- PEI Report on Child and Family Poverty, 2014
Join us and take e-action to send a message to MPs and all the federal party leaders today in English or French. Working jointly with our Make Poverty History partner, we’re launching the e-Action to press all the elected leaders to develop and implement a comprehensive poverty elimination plan for Canada.
Urgent Call to Action - Bill C-585 threatens social assistance for refugee claimants
Bill C-585 is a federal Private Member's Bill which has serious implications for the income security of refugee claimants and other people without permanent status in Canada. If passed, the Bill would allow provinces to restrict access to social assistance benefits for these groups by imposing minimum residency requirements for eligibility.
The Bill does this by eroding the last remaining "national standard" for the Canada Social Transfer which prevents provinces from imposing a minimum period of residency for social assistance eligibility. Taking action now is critical because Bill C-585 is scheduled to be debated at Second Reading on September 16, 2014. Expressing opposition before this date could lead to the Bill being defeated or withdrawn.
An Information and Action Kit can be downloaded in both English and French, to help you understand and respond to Bill C-585. It includes a Backgrounder, a template letter to MP's, a list of email addresses for all MPs, and recommended actions to oppose this Bill.
One immediate action you can take is to circulate the Information and Action Kit as widely as possible to your members, networks, and others who might be interested.
Other actions you should take as soon as possible are:
- Send a letter to MP's, using the template letter as a guide, to tell them to vote against the Bill
- Ask your members and/or those you circulate the kit to, to send a letter to MP's
- Post the Kit on your website and ask your members and others to do the same.
Please remember to bcc all correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org
How Canada can meet its commitment to end child poverty in Canada
Campaign 2000's Recent Pre-Budget Submission to the House of Commons' Standing Committee on Finance, August 2014
More children and their families lived in poverty as of 2011 than they did in 1989 when the House of Commons unanimously resolved to end child poverty in Canada. This situation is not inevitable, but rather is the result of policy decisions that have been made over time. Read Campaign 2000's full submission.
Aug. 14, 2014
The case against for-profit 'big box' child care
Toronto Star Commentary, Aug. 07, 2014: Child care should be a public good to benefit all, not a business whose goals may have little to do with serving children, families and community.
Read Campaign 2000 Op-Ed on the case against for-profit big box child care submitted to Toronto Star by Laurel Rothman, Campaign 2000 National Coordinator, and Martha Friendly, Childcare Resource and Research Unit.
Campaign 2000 launches new joint projects
Campaign 2000 is partnering with a few national organizations on two new exciting projects, including:
Home-based Childcare – More than a Home: A convening project to engage parents, childcare providers and others in proposing practical solutions, with funding from the Metcalf Foundation.
Child and Family Homelessness Initiative, partnering with Raising the Roof Canada. Click below for more details on the project: http://www.raisingtheroof.org/Our-Programs/Child---Family-Homelessness.aspx
Federal Budget 2014: Children in Poverty Wait while Surplus Accumulates
Canada’s 2014 Federal Budget has no clear strategies to address Canada’s 14.3% child poverty rate and is out of step with Canadian values of caring about our neighbours’ children. “Canadians are deeply committed to their communities and neighbours and they understand that eradicating child poverty is a collective responsibility,” said Laurel Rothman, National Coordinator of Campaign 2000. “In this federal budget, government fails to play a leadership role in implementing policies that can improve the lives of over 967,000 children living in poverty in Canada. Campaign 2000 urges the government to dedicate half of the $6.5 billion projected surplus for 2015 to poverty reduction this year. Children and families in poverty should not be forced to wait for action that secures their basic dignity.”
CCPA releases new alternative federal budget 2014
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) just released its new 2014 alternative federal budget on Feb. 5, 2015. The Alternative Federal Budget 2014: Striking a Better Balance shows what the federal government could do if it decided to seriously address Canadians’ largest social, economic, and environmental concerns. It delivers a plan that would lift 855,000 Canadians out of poverty, reduce income inequality, boost the economy, lower unemployment to 5.4%—and still balance the budget one year later than the federal government plan. Specifically, it proposes to double the National Child Benefit Supplement (NCBS) in order to reduce child poverty by 26% (Cost: $3.1 billion/year).
To learn more visit the alternative budget home page.