Advocacy Resources

Advocacy Resources

Tips for Working with Politicians
Practical advice about visits, letter-writing and other ways to build relationships with elected officials.

Template for a Letter to a Politician

Diocesan Policy Paper on Affordable Housing and Homelessness, 2019

Diocesan Policy Paper on Poverty Reduction, 2019

Diocesan Policy Paper on Environmental Issues, 2019

Social Justice and Advocacy Parish Outreach Guide

A Theology of Taxation Reflection Paper
This paper reflects on how our Christian faith can inform our thinking about taxes and taxation rates.


Workshops and Exercises

The following are examples of workshops the Social Justice and Advocacy Committee can offer to your parish.  We can also work with your parish to tailor a workshop to your specific needs. Host parishes are asked only to provide a space, advertising within the parish, and light refreshments to attendees.

To learn more or to book a workshop in your parish, contact Elin Goulden at or 416-363-6021, ext. 240 (toll-free 1-800-668-8932)

Charity with Justice Workshop

A dynamic, engaging, and free workshop offered by the Social Justice and Advocacy Department, Charity with Justice looks at how we can embody the Biblical principles of charity and justice in our lives today, how parishes can engage in justice alongside their charitable outreach, and how the Diocese can support your work. It involves audience participation and small group discussion.

Advocacy Workshop

This workshop is designed for parish groups to learn about the basics of advocacy.  You can contact us for a facilitated workshop, or use the outline provided below for a self-guided workshop.

Tools for Advocacy Workshop Outline (pdf)

Poverty is No Game

This board game is a powerful exercise to help people understand what it is like to live in poverty. It puts participants into the shoes of a person who struggles to meet their basic expenses.  The two-hour process includes a debriefing about the issues involved.