This section highlights some of the important moments and accomplishments for Canada Without Poverty in recent and not-so-recent history.
Organization named National Anti-Poverty Organization (or NAPO) was created in the aftermath of the first Poor People’s Conference.
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.
CWP/NAPO collaborated with other NGOs to present to the CESCR, specifically about the rights to work and social security.
Changed name of organization from National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO) to Canada Without Poverty (CWP) and unveiled new logo.
CWP formally launched Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-free Canada with co-lead Citizens for Public Justice.
Opened office in Vancouver, in addition to the head office in Ottawa.
CWP played important role in assisting with the drafting and launch of Bill C-545 (An Act to eliminate poverty in Canada).
Recruited CWP’s first Honorary Directors (Right Hon. Joe Clark, Hon. Louise Arbour, Hon. Monique Bégin, Hon. Ed Broadbent, Mr. Ovide Mercredi).
CWP began assessing poverty plans at the provincial and territorial levels with the annual Poverty Progress Profiles.
CWP launched its new online course on economic and social rights, the only one of its kind in Canada.
Despite support from CWP and various organizations across the country, Bill C-400 (Secure, Adequate, Accessible and Affordable Housing Act) was defeated.
CWP’s Executive Director, Leilani Farha, was named the new Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing for the UN.
CWP presented a written document to the CESCR detailing concerns about poverty, homelessness and hunger in Canada (click here to read the submission).
CWP launched our updated Resource Library.
CWP appeared at the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
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.
CWP hosted its third annual ChewOnThis! campaign in over 55 communities across Canada
CWP President presented at United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) to address Canada’s current state of poverty.