Pivotal Moments

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.

May 1993, 1995, 1998

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

March 2006

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

September 2008

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

February 2009

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

May 2009

Opened office in Vancouver, in addition to the head office in Ottawa.

February 2010

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

June 2010

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

September 2010 – March 2011

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

May 2012

Leilani Farha joined the CWP team as the new Executive Director.

September 2012

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

October 2012

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

February 2013

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

October 2013

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

June 2014

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

February 2015

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

March 2015

CWP launched our updated Resource Library.

June 2015

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

July 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.

August 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

October 2015

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

February 2016
CWP presented at United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) to address Canada’s current state of poverty.
February 2017
CWP presented at United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to address the intersectionality of poverty and disability in Canada.
April 2017
CWP presented at Canada’s United Nations Universal Periodic Review addressing it’s current state of poverty.
April 2019
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