Pivotal Moments

This section highlights some of the important moments and accomplishments for Canada Without Poverty in recent and not-so-recent history.

1971: Organization named National Anti-Poverty Organization (or NAPO) was created in the aftermath of the first Poor People’s Conference.

May 1993, 1995, 1998: CWP/NAPO was the first non-governmental organization (along with CCPI) to be invited to present orally to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) on Canada’s compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. CWP/NAPO appeared at each subsequent review.

March 2006: CWP/NAPO collaborated with other NGOs to present to the CESCR, specifically about the rights to work and social security.

September 2008: CWP/NAPO adopted a new mission, vision and values statements and Code of Conduct.

February 2009: Changed name of organization from National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO) to Canada Without Poverty (CWP) and unveiled new logo.

May 2009: CWP formally launched Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-free Canada with co-lead Citizens for Public Justice.

February 2010: Opened office in Vancouver, in addition to the head office in Ottawa.

June 2010: CWP played important role in assisting with the drafting and launch of Bill C-545 (An Act to eliminate poverty in Canada).

September 2010 – March 2011: Recruited CWP’s first Honorary Directors (Right Hon. Joe Clark, Hon. Louise Arbour, Hon. Monique Bégin, Hon. Ed Broadbent, Mr. Ovide Mercredi).

May 2012: CWP began assessing poverty plans at the provincial and territorial levels with the annual Poverty Progress Profiles.

September 2012: Leilani Farha joined the CWP team as the new Executive Director.

October 2012: CWP launched its new online course on economic and social rights, the only one of its kind in Canada.

October 2013: As a co-lead in the Dignity for All campaign, CWP launched the first annual ChewOnThis! campaign.

February 2013: Despite support from CWP and various organizations across the country, Bill C-400 (Secure, Adequate, Accessible and Affordable Housing Act) was defeated.

June 2014: CWP’s Executive Director, Leilani Farha, was named the new Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing for the UN.

February 2015: The Dignity for All Campaign unveiled its National Anti-Poverty Plan (click here to read the plan in English or en français).

March 2015: CWP presented a written document to the CESCR detailing concerns about poverty, homelessness and hunger in Canada (click here to read the submission).

June 2015: CWP launched our updated Resource Library.

July 2015: CWP appeared at the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

August 2015: CWP released Human Rights and Poverty Strategies, A Guide to International Human Rights Law and its Domestic Application in Poverty Reduction Strategies, a practical tool for provincial, territorial, and municipal policy workers interested in learning more about human rights and how to incorporate human rights standards within poverty strategies.

October 2015: CWP released its 2015 Poverty Progress Profiles. (you can read them here)

October 2015: CWP hosted its third annual ChewOnThis! campaign in over 55 communities across Canada

February 2016: CWP President Harriett McLachlan presented at United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) to address Canada’s current state of poverty.