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C2000 to release 2017 Report Cards

Campaign 2000 will release its 2017 annual Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada on Tuesday November 21 in Ottawa. The report marks 28 years since the unanimous, all-party House of Commons’ Resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000, and eight years since the House of Commons voted “to develop an immediate plan to end poverty for all in Canada.”

The national release will take place on Parliament Hill at a Media Conference, following a breakfast event for MPs and Senators hosted by the All-Party Anti-Poverty Caucus. We are proud to work with Bread Not Stones of the United Church of Canada and Citizens for Public Justice to present the event, called “Taking Action to End Child & Family Poverty, a Breakfast on the Hill for MPs and Senators” in order to mark the UN’s Universal Children’s Day.

The national report card will be released in conjunction with several provincial report cards by partners in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Alberta’s report card will be released shortly after Nov. 21st. Provincial reports and media contact information will be provided on our website on November 21st.

Stay tuned for more details in the coming days.

C2000 praises CCB indexing

Child poverty activists have welcomed the federal government’s decision to step up plans to increase Canada Child Benefit payments for lower- and middle-income Canadians in pace with the cost of living.

“Indexation of the CCB has been a policy lever that Campaign 2000 has called for since Budget 2016,” said Anita Khanna, national co-ordinator of the non-partisan coalition of 120 national, provincial and community partner organizations co-ordinated by Family Service Toronto. “Low-income families need the CCB to keep up with the rising costs of housing, heat, hydro and food.”

As of July 2018, the CCB will be fully indexed to inflation – two years earlier than originally planned.

Campaign 2000 also welcomed the announced increase in funding for the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB) adding: “While we have praise for these anti-poverty measures, we know that a full package of policies is needed to eradicate child and family poverty in Canada. These measures, include accessible, regulated childcare, affordable housing, drug and dental coverage and strong employment programs that provide families with stability.”

See full media release in English and French.

Campaign 2000’s response to the announcement appeared in the Toronto Star, the Financial Post and the Globe And Mail.

Children are One Quarter of 4.8 million Canadians Living in Poverty

Statistics Canada released new income-related data on Sept. 13, 2017 from the 2016 Census. The new data show that 1.2 million Canadian children under 18 live in low-income households. Campaign 2000 is featured in a Canadian Press article about the release. For more information see the links below.

Links to Statistics Canada Census data:
Income Highlight Tables, 2016 Census
The Daily, containing Stats Can’s analysis and news release on the income data
Census in Brief:  Children living in low-income households

CCPA commentary on income inequality: 7 things the Census teaches us about income inequality

Other related news:
Census 2016: Income grows in resource-rich provinces, Ontario and Quebec lag behind, Globe and Mail, Sept. 13, 2017
Canadian incomes jump, Ontario residents hit by manufacturing downturn: Statistics Canada,Toronto Star, Sept 14 2017

C2000 Releases 2018 Pre-Budget Submission

Campaign 200 has consistently stated that child poverty is not inevitable, but that it is a result of policy choices. Federal politicians pledged to end child poverty in 1989, 2009 and 2015 but poverty continues to deprive over 1.3 million children of their only childhood.

After decades of calling for a federal anti-poverty plan to eliminate child poverty and poverty in Canada, we are encouraged by the government’s development of Canada’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy (CPRS). The articulation of definitive poverty reduction targets and clear timelines for their achievement will be crucial to the CPRS’ success.  Read our recommendations in the Submission to the 2018 Federal Pre-budget Deliberations.


CPRS Consult Extended to August 31st

The Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation period has been extended until August 31st.  If you haven’t already participated, visit for online tools provided by the government. You can also directly email your submission to

For more information on what needs to be done to eradicate poverty, check out Campaign 2000’s comprehensive action plan. In it, we outline the policies and programs needed for Canada to make good on the commitment to reduce poverty. Take a look at the summary infographic, including targets and timelines to track success, and read our full submission in English or French.

Please spread the word within your networks and ensure you participate by August 31st. It’s not too late to ensure your concerns, ideas and recommendations are heard in the development of Canada’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy!

Submissions from C2000 Public Forum

On Monday June 12, Campaign 2000 held a public forum entitled Shaping Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy. The event featured panelists from across Canada speaking on key issues which should be included within the national poverty reduction strategy.

Participants at the event were also provided the opportunity to create their own group submissions that were sent to the federal government.

There were a total of eight groups and the submissions can be seen here; Group 1, Group 2, Group 3, Group 4, Group 5, Group 6, Group 7, and Group 8.

PRS Public Input Ends on June 30, 2017

The online consultations for the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (CPRS) will close at the end of June 2017. To make a submission or participate in this process, please go to the Government of Canada website and make your voices heard.

Family Service Toronto and Campaign 2000 welcome the government’s decision to launch the national public consultation process for the development of the C-PRS. “With nearly one in five children living in poverty, federal vision is essential to activate the policies and programs urgently needed to eradicate poverty in Canada,” says Anita Khanna, National Coordinator of Campaign 2000. “We welcome the opportunity to inform the development of the strategy and ensure it is guided by targets and timelines that improve the lives of children, families and all people who live in poverty.”

The nation-wide consultation process is achieved through a Poverty Reduction Strategy engagement website (including participating in discussion forums, online town halls and surveys or sending emails) and roundtables with provincial, territorial and municipal governments, Indigenous organizations, businesses, community organizations, academic experts and Canadians who have experienced poverty.

Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy

Today, Campaign 2000 releases its submission to the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy and convenes public forums in Winnipeg, Toronto and Charlottetown to discuss Canadians’ priorities for Canada’s first poverty reduction strategy and make urgent recommendations for change.

Forum participants will connect via Skype and will insist the government’s strategy provides an effective plan to eradicate the number of Canadians – nearly five million – living in poverty.

“After decades of broken promises to end poverty, Canada’s first national Poverty Reduction Strategy must deliver a sea change in Canada’s infrastructure of supports and services that prevent and reduce poverty,” says Campaign 2000 National Coordinator Anita Khanna. “Poverty deprives millions of people of their dignity, health and opportunities. A comprehensive action plan must redraw the social contract for the tough realities families face today – precarious, low-wage work, skyrocketing housing and food costs, unaffordable childcare and unequal opportunities for marginalized people.”

Canada must now move pledges to eliminate poverty from rhetoric to reality and finally put people in poverty first. After decades of waiting, there is no choice – we must act now and get this strategy right.

Media Release: Full details of the forums and contact for media spokespeople in English or French.

Submission: “Federal Action Plan to Eradicate Poverty” is available in English or French.

Infographic: A summary of targets, timelines and policy recommendations can be found here.

Media Contacts


Anita Khanna
Campaign 2000
416-788-3439 or 416-595-9230 x250.

Liyu Guo
Campaign 2000
416-595-9230 x250 or 416-624-1885.


Sid Frankel
University of Manitoba


Adrienne Montani
First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition
604-877-4932 or 778-320-4561


Mary Boyd
PEI Coalition for a Poverty Eradication Strategy
902-892-9074 or 902-388-2693

Forums Call for Action against Poverty

This Monday, June 12, public forums in Winnipeg, Toronto and Charlottetown will connect people across Canada to discuss their priorities for the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (CPRS).

With 4.9 million Canadians in poverty and government consulting for the strategy until June 30, Campaign 2000’s forums will focus on the dire need for federal action on urgent recommendations to eradicate poverty.

On the same day,  Campaign 2000 will release a comprehensive CPRS submission, Federal Action Plan to Eradicate Poverty, outlining solutions with clear targets and timelines for success. Read full media advisory.

Campaign 2000 June Forums
Cross-site online feed starts at 6:30 p.m. EST


Shaping Canada’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy
6-9 p.m. EST
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street.
Speakers include: Dr. Gary Bloch (St. Michael’s Hospital), Neethan Shan (Ward 42 City Councillor), Maya Roy (CEO YWCA Canada), Damon Johnston (Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg), Lubna Khalid (Working for Change) and many more.
Host: Campaign 2000


Shaping Canada’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy
5-8 p.m. CST
Winnipeg Harvest, 1085 Winnipeg Ave.
Host: Winnipeg Harvest


Public Meeting: Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy
7:00 p.m. ADT
Murphy Community Centre, 200 Richmond St. Room 207, Charlottetown
Hosts: PEI Coalition for a Poverty Eradication Strategy & MacKillop Centre for Social Justice
June 14th Forum


Community Conversation on Federal Poverty Reduction Strategy
9-11:30 a.m. PST
BC Teachers’ Federation Building, 550 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver
Hosts: First Call Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition & BC Poverty Reduction Coalition

C2000 contributes its expertise on measuring poverty in Canada

In April and May, Campaign 2000 steering committee members completed a brief paper focused on measuring poverty. Agreement on how to accurately measure poverty is central to the CPRS’ success and the credibility of targets and timelines. With no official income poverty line, debates about the rate and prevalence of poverty are too common in Canada.

For this reason, our measurement and data subcommittee was pleased to have the opportunity to present our brief and recommendations to the Honourable Jean Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and ESDC Economist in Residence, Dr. Miles Corak. Read our full brief, “Measuring Poverty, Meeting Targets” and an Addendum.