Advocacy Resources

Advocacy Resources

For current advocacy campaigns, please see What’s New.

Working with Politicians

A large part of advocacy involves engaging with elected representatives about laws and policies within their jurisdiction.  In Canada, the responsibilities of federal, provincial and municipal governments overlap to some extent.  However, as a general rule, justice issues that fall into federal jurisdiction include Indigenous issues, immigration and refugees, environmental policy, and issues of national importance such as the National Housing Policy and National Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Federal Cabinet Members

Find your federal Member of Parliament

The provincial government has jurisdiction over such matters as minimum wage and labour laws, social assistance,  and housing.

Provincial Cabinet Members

Find your Member of Provincial Parliament

Social assistance and housing is often delivered through local (regional and municipal) governments, of which there are over 60 within the Diocese of Toronto.

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 Papers

Diocesan Policy Paper on Affordable Housing and Homelessness, 2019

Diocesan Policy Paper on Poverty Reduction, 2019

Diocesan Policy Paper on Environmental Issues, 2019

What to know how to expand outreach and advocacy efforts in your parish? Get started with our  Social Justice and Advocacy Parish Outreach Guide

Other resources:

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



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.

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)

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).

Elin is also available to visit your parish as a guest preacher/speaker for Sunday mornings.