Canada Without Poverty is a federally incorporated, non-partisan, not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada (charity registration #13091 6638 RR001).
Stemming from the Poor Peoples’ Conference in Toronto in 1971 – a national gathering of low-income citizens – we were founded later that year as the National Anti-Poverty Organization. In April 2009, we changed our name to Canada Without Poverty so that our name expresses the end that we seek – a Canada in which no person need suffer what Gandhi called “the worst form of violence.”
One of the special characteristics of Canada Without Poverty is that, since our inception in 1971, we have always been governed by people with direct, personal experience of living in poverty, whether in childhood or as adults. This lived experience informs and helps to guide our work. Our directors are also deeply engaged in combating poverty within their communities, provinces or territories. Their efforts extend the reach of our work beyond what is possible by a small staff based in Ottawa.
In 2008 we adopted new mission, vision and values statements. Acting from the belief that poverty is a violation of human rights and that poverty elimination is a human rights obligation, our work includes raising awareness about poverty, participating in research to generate new knowledge about poverty, and striving to demonstrate the connection between poverty and human rights.