Social Justice and Advocacy: What’s new

To learn more about Social Justice and Advocacy in the Diocese of Toronto, click here.

Outreach Conference Registration Open

Our 2019 Outreach & Advocacy Conference, “Grounded and Growing in Christ: Church as a centre of resistance and hope” will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019.  Click here to learn more and to register.

Respect Justice Camp, August 13-19, Windsor, ON.

The Diocese of Huron is hosting Respect Justice Camp this August in Windsor, ON.  This immersive experience of learning and reflecting on justice issues is open to Anglicans from across Canada aged 18 and over.  Click here to learn more and to register.  To learn more about Diocese of Toronto bursaries to defray costs, contact Elin Goulden.

Responding to the 2019 Ontario Budget

The 2019 Ontario budget was released April 11, 2019.  While there was some good news around funding for affordable housing and partnerships with non-profit and cooperative housing providers, much of the budget includes cuts to key programs which will directly affect some of the most vulnerable people in our province.

Read our response to the 2019 Ontario Budget here.

Defend access to justice for the most vulnerable. One of the cuts in the 2019 Ontario budget involves a 30% cut to the budget of Legal Aid Ontario, which will have an immediate impact on the work of community legal centres.  These centres support and assist low-income Ontarians with understanding their rights, access to benefits, and representation in administrative, landlord-tenant, worker’s compensation, victim compensation, and other cases.  In addition, the provincial government has completely cut provincial funding for refugee or immigration cases, forcing vulnerable refugee claimants to represent themselves or face deportation to potentially life-threatening situations.  A petition calling on the Ontario Legislature to reverse these cuts is available to download and print here.  (Please note that signatures must be gathered on the forms provided; signatures on the back of the form or on a separate sheet will not be counted.) The $15 and Fairness campaign has also prepared an online letter calling on Premier Ford and Attorney General Caroline Mulroney to reverse the cuts, which you can access here.

Read the College of Bishops’ letter to the Health Minister regarding Overdose Prevention Sites here

Read our 2019 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission here.

New Diocesan Policy Papers

We’ve just updated our Diocesan Policy Papers on our three priority areas:  Affordable Housing and Homelessness; Poverty Reduction; and Environmental Issues.  You can find and download them here.

Updated Outreach & Advocacy Prayer Cycle

The Outreach & Advocacy Prayer Cycle has been updated for the 2018-2019 liturgical year. You can download this resource below:

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Get Involved: Contact Elin Goulden, Social Justice & Advocacy Consultant, at egoulden@toronto.anglican.ca or by phone at 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932), extension 240.