Dignity for All: “National Leadership is Needed to End Poverty”

The following is a press release from Dignity for All, which is headed in part by Citizens for Public Justice, an affiliate member of the Canadian Council of Churches

Homelessness by AshtonPal on Flickr, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Homelessness by AshtonPal on Flickr, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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National Leadership is Needed to End Poverty

Citizens for Public Justice and Canada Without Poverty release a National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada

For Immediate Release National/Regional/Local

February 3rd, 2015 — It’s time for a plan to end poverty in Canada.  In a country as wealthy as ours, 4.8 million people struggle to make ends meet: to pay their rent, feed their families, and address basic needs. Today, Dignity for All, a collaborative campaign between Citizens for Public Justice and Canada Without Poverty, released their much-anticipated National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada.

“Over the past five years, Dignity for All has received support and input from thousands of people in Canada” said Joe Gunn, Executive Director of Citizens for Public Justice.  “We are very excited by the amazing reception this report has received from representatives from all parties. The collaborative process in which the National Anti-Poverty Plan for Canada was drafted has made it clear that we have the political will to take action on poverty in Canada. And now we also have a plan. The time is to act is now,” said Gunn.

The report makes recommendations in six policy areas: Labour and Employment, Food Security, Health, Income Security, Housing and Homelessness, and Early Childhood Education and Care.  It calls for the Federal Government to immediately take action in each of these areas, to address both the immediate and long-term needs of the 1 in 7 people in Canada who live in poverty.

“It is never acceptable for a rich country to do nothing about poverty, and now is certainly not the time,” said Leilani Farha, Canada Without Poverty’s Executive Director. “The rights of 4.8 million people are being violated and yet the Federal Government hardly seems concerned.  Our plan lays out the framework for a successful national anti-poverty plan.”

Over the past 5 years, Dignity for All has garnered support from 15,000 People in Canada who believe it is time for the Federal Government to step up and take responsibility for this country’s impoverished populations.  It is time for Parliament to act.  Our plan puts this in motion.

The full report can be downloaded from www.DignityForAll.ca/FedPlan

 

Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada, headed by Canada Without Poverty and Citizens for Public Justice, is a multi-year, non-partisan campaign supported by over 15,000 individuals and 600 local and national organizations calling for a comprehensive federal plan to eliminate poverty.

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Twitter: @DignityForAllCA & #WeHaveAPlan

Contact:  Graham Milner, Canada Without Poverty Development and Communications Coordinator, 613 986 7761  or ac.psc-pwc@maharg

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