In 1989, the Government of Canada, committed to end child poverty by the year 2000. When Canada failed to meet this landmark commitment, CFUW, along with other organizations such as Campaign 2000, began rallying its members to call on the Government to take immediate action to address child poverty, acknowledging that any plan of action must also take into consideration the economic realities of women and families. With close to 4 million people in Canada still living below the low income cut-off (after tax), CFUW continues to urge the Government of Canada to work with provincial, territorial and aboriginal governments to eliminate all poverty in Canada.
What Can You Do?
In 2013, CFUW adopted the Moving Canadians Out Poverty which urges the governments of Canada implement a basic income. In February 2021, Bill C-273, National Strategy for a Guaranteed Basic Income was introduced by MP Dzerowicz. Here are some resources to learn more about basic income in Canada and how to support this bill.
- Basic Income Reference Page
- Template Letter
- Online Petition from UBI Works
- Suggested Actions: Moving Canadians Out of Poverty
- Shareables social media graphics below
CFUW has supported various initiatives and partners:
- CFUW Calls on Government of Canada to Create a Basic Income Program – December 2013
- Bill C-233 An Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada
- Women in Action, December 2009 – Childhood Poverty
- Campaign 2000
- Dignity for All – the Campaign for a Poverty Free Canada
- Canadian Without Poverty
- (1) Statistics Canada 2008, Persons in low income, Table 202-0802
- Federal Poverty Reduction Plan: Working in Partnership Towards Reducing Poverty in Canada: Report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
- Canadian Institute of Well Being poverty report
- The Dollars and Sense of Solving Poverty – Publication of the National Council of Welfare