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Current Issues

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 Expressing opposition before this date could lead to the Bill being defeated or withdrawn.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 isac@lao.on.ca


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.”

To read Campaign 2000’s full response to the federal budget 2014, read the press release in English and French.


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.

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• Campaign 2000's Laurel Rothman to give a lecture on How Canada Can Meet Its Commitment to End Child Poverty in Canada at University of Lethbridge on Sept. 18, 2014 (Sep. 2014)
• Read the recent Toronto Star article on “children becoming the new face of homelessness in New York City” (Sept. 2012)
Federal Transfers Vital to Social Health (OP Ed by Laurel Rothhman published in Toronto Star, July 19, 2011)
What the Parties Say on Poverty - Press release (Apr.28, 2011)
NDP moves quickly to comprehensively address poverty for all Canadians (Apr. 10, 2011)
• Are you a women in Ontario raising children on your own? We want to hear from you. (March, 2011)
Debate: Canada needs a national child-care policy(Feb. 11, 2011)
• Welfare design outdated, counterproductive; more effective solutions exist says new National Council of Welfare report
(Dec. 14, 2010)
• BC blog: One in seven B.C. kids lives in poverty (Nov. 24, 2010)
Montreal Gazette: 1 in 10 Canadian children living in poverty (Nov. 24, 2010)
Federal Poverty Reduction Plan: Working in Partnership Towards Reducing Poverty in
Canada
- HUMA report recommends the federal government commit to an action plan to reduce poverty. Read C2000 and partners' response to the report: English and French (Nov. 18, 2010)
The Power of Taxes: The Case for Investing in Canadians - just released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Oct. 29, 2010
Mr. Flaherty: Don't cut transfers on social programs - Letter to editor, Globe and Mail, Oct. 14, 2010
Read Fight Poverty to Spur Recovery - Op-Ed by Laurel Rothman and Trish Hennessy published in Toronto Star on Jul. 24, 2010
• C2000 Press Release: New poverty figures show poverty eradication must be part of recession recovery (Jun 17, 2010
• Martha Friendly receives the 2010 Rosemarie Popham Family Advocacy Award (Jun 9, 2010)
Rosemarie Popham Family Advocacy Award open for nominations. Learn more and nominate on-line on Family Service Toronto website (Apr 28, 2010).
• Ontario Budget - Little Help for Low Income Families. Read press release (Mar. 26, 2010)
Women and children still last: No thank you, Mr. Flaherty! C2000's response to 2010 Federal Budget (Mar 4, 2010)
Ontario Pointed in the Right Direction on Early Learning
Campaign 2000 (17 Jun 09) - Ontario Campaign 2000 welcomes the recommendations of the Pascal report on full-day learning for 4 and 5 year olds in Ontario.
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