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Campaign 2000 Marks 25 Years of All-Party Resolution to End Child Poverty

Campaign 2000’s annual Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada will be released 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 will highlight 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 will be releasing 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.

Join us in calling on the Canadian Government to make child and family poverty history in Canada!

Add your voice now to the call for all political parties to take action and keep the promise to our children by emailing your MP and party leaders TODAY  and urge them to

Download a copy of our bilingual Pledge Poster WE CAN FIX THIS: I pledge to do my part today and take actions against poverty.

Child Poverty 25 Years Later: Where Do We Go from Here?

Join Family Service Toronto and Campaign 2000: End Child Poverty in Canada for an evening of recognition and discussion, with keynote address by Alex Himelfarb, PH.D, Director, Glendon College School of Public and International Affairs, York University, plus reflections from the lived experience of the Millennial Generation.

Monday, Nov. 24th, 2014, 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, 7th Floor, 246 Bloor St. West, Toronto

Please register by Friday, Nov. 21 on Eventbrite site.

Urgent Action Needed re Bill C-43 (formerly called Bill C-585)

Campaign 2000 and many other organizations across the country have been working closely with our partner, Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC), who has taken a lead role organizing around Bill C-585, which has now become Bill C-43

We are calling for your urgent action and support:

  1. Endorse the Revised Open Letter to Finance Minister Joe Oliver in English or French (send your endorsement to isac@lao.on.ca by Nov. 7 before 4PM, EST)
  2. Submit a written brief ASAP! Send a written submission to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (see more details below); Address your submissions to the Clerk of the Committee, Mike MacPherson, whose contact information is available on House of Commons/Parliament of Canada website
  3. For full updates on the bill, read the backgrounder in English or French

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
- 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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