Canada Without Poverty

Emerging from the 1971 Poor Peoples’ Conference in Toronto, a national gathering of low-income citizens, Canada Without Poverty (CWP) was founded as the National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO). For almost 50 years since then, we have been a leading voice in the anti-poverty movement in Canada, working to ensure that the voices of those with lived experience are heard at the highest levels. Our Board of Directors all have first-hand experience of poverty, and their knowledge informs our work to relieve poverty for all.

This past August, after years of pressure from the anti-poverty movement, the federal government finally released the first-ever national poverty reduction strategy. The Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (CPRS) is far from perfect, but it is a sign of progress for the millions of people living in poverty in Canada.

It’s thanks to support and tireless action from our community members – people around the country like you – that we’ve achieved this incredible step forward. The government is making progress, but at the same time, they are only just catching up. People in Canada have long known that poverty isn’t the result of personal choices; it’s the result of systems, policies, and laws that make it impossible for people to leave poverty. It is only through better policies and systems that we’ll actually end poverty.

Now it’s time to demand more. We are going to keep up the pressure to make sure our goal is to end poverty, not just reduce it, and we will keep fighting to make sure the voices of the most marginalized people in Canada are heard.

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