In a newly published Op Ed, Campaign 2000 and partners write about how sitting politicians’ responses to sexual misconduct allegations must move beyond shock and disgust. We call for them to use their power to take concrete action through gender responsive budgeting and investments in services for women, girls and LGTBTQ people in low income. Without concrete action by these politicians, their reactions will ring hollow and the momentum and potential to stamp out sexual harassment that has been created by #MeToo will be squandered.
As Canada’s 150th year since confederation closes, the federal government must seize the opportunity to usher in a new poverty-free era, according to Campaign 2000’s 2017 report card on child and family poverty. The new report calls for Canada’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy to outline a new social contract that responds to the needs of today’s families and lifts individuals and families out of poverty.
The 2017 national report card, “A Poverty-Free Canada Requires Federal Leadership” provides a current snapshot of the depth and breadth of poverty among children and families, outlines how poverty stalls children’s progress and potential and proposes practical policy solutions. In the report, Campaign 2000 recognizes the government’s actions to date to improve income security and anticipates the release of the National Housing Strategy.
On the same day, seven Campaign 2000 provincial partners will release their annual report cards on child and family poverty. Click on the following links to read and download the new report cards and other materials as they become available:
National Campaign 2000 sharable Infographic, 2017
Alberta Child Poverty Report Card 2017 (just released)
2017 National Report Card in the news:
Campaign 2000 will release its annual national Report Card on Child and Family Poverty on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at a Joint Media Conference in Ottawa.
Prior to the Ottawa media conference, Campaign 2000 will present its report card findings to MPs and Senators at a Breakfast event on Parliament Hill.
The national report release is coordinated with several Campaign 2000 partners releasing provincial report cards in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Alberta will be releasing its provincial report card shortly after Nov. 21.
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.
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.”
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
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.
The Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy Consultation period has been extended until August 31st. If you haven’t already participated, visit http://esdc-consultations.canada.ca/poverty-reduction-strategy for online tools provided by the government. You can also directly email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
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.