WHAT WE DO:
We educate the public about the facts of child and family poverty (see
below: “Why We Do It”). The CACP believes that informed
public discussion about the facts and implications of child poverty
in Canada will lead to the focus on social policy needs that will help
all levels of government meet their stated commitments to end child
Our national public education program is based in part on a long-term
media campaign to make the facts public; such a campaign also demonstrates
both to the government and to the public the support by key groups for
public policy positions that would have a favourable impact on family
and child poverty.
Newspaper advertisements have been sponsored, for example, by individuals,
by CEO’s of major Canadian corporations, by Companions of the
Order of Canada, by leaders of Canada’s faith communities, and
by major Canadian newspapers.
Such a public education program also demonstrates to government the
strong base of public support for its clear commitment end child poverty.
Through the professional consultants in our partner organizations, we
respond to the requests of various levels of government and their ministries
for expert advice on all aspects of child and family poverty. In the
past four years we have met with the federal Ministers of Health, Finance,
and Human Resources, numerous provincial Ministers, Members of Parliament,
and senior civil servants in a number of relevant ministries.
We work with government ministries and cabinet ministers to help them
implement their public policy commitments in a practical and timely
fashion, and in a manner consistent with our policy benchmarks, indicated
We respond to the desires of various groups in the community, including
the corporate community, to become more actively involved in helping
to increase public awareness about child and family poverty, and in
supporting government efforts to deal with poverty-related issues.
For further information, please contact 416-595-9230 x 222