What We Do

"All humans are human and not one is more important than the other." -Canadian Senator Roméo Dallaire

Canada Without Poverty (CWP) works to relieve poverty using a human rights approach that is rooted in international law. We believe that poverty is a violation of the fundamental human rights that everyone is entitled to by virtue of being a person, especially the right to an adequate standard of living.

For a small organization, Canada Without Poverty has a lot going on! At any given time, Canada Without Poverty is working on a variety of projects to relieve poverty, from running workshops across the country to publishing a Human Rights Guide for workers and government officials to presenting to the United Nations about the realities of poverty in Canada. We also provide insight into poverty-reduction strategies at the provincial level, a bi-annual online course on economic and social rights, and are co-leads of the Dignity for All campaign. Finally, Canada Without Poverty speaks out against discrimination and stereotyping of people living in poverty.

This section is designed to keep you up-to-date on all of the current activities — check it out!

Canada Without Poverty’s formal charitable objects were updated on October 14, 2014 to reflect our human rights approach to relieving poverty. The new objects are as follows:

  1. To relieve poverty in Canada by:
  • Advancing the knowledge of, and the study of, poverty in Canada by organizing conferences and workshops on topics related to poverty;
  • Undertaking and supporting research into factors that contribute to poverty and the most appropriate ways to mitigate these;
  • Producing and disseminating articles, commentary and reports on topics related to relieving poverty;
  • Providing information to government officials, and the public to increase knowledge of poverty related issues and how to more effectively relieve poverty;
  • Working with food banks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, social housing providers and other social agencies to relieve poverty while promoting respect for the human rights of people living in poverty;
  • Directing people to the government programs and offices by which people may access benefits to which they may be entitled;
  1. To uphold and ensure compliance with international human rights law as it relates to the relief of poverty, including, among others, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
  2. To receive and maintain a fund or funds and to apply all or part of the principal and income therefrom, from time to time, to charitable organizations that are also registered charities under the Income Tax Act (Canada);
  3. To do all things incidental and ancillary to the attainment of the above objects.