Canada Without Poverty

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Head office:
251 Bank Street, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, ON
K2P 1X3

Tel: (613) 789-0096 or (613) 789-0115     Toll Free: 1-800-810-1076
Fax: (613) 244-5777                                Email:

Regional Contact:
Ruth MacDonald, Member of the Board for NL, St. John’s
Tel: (709) 753-9860     Fax: (709) 753-6112   Email:


Canada Without Poverty (CWP) works to relieve poverty using a human rights approach that is rooted in international law. They believe that poverty is a violation of the fundamental human rights that everyone is entitled to by virtue of being a person, especially the right to an adequate standard of living.

Target Population:

Anyone living in poverty in Canada

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

CWP works to relieve poverty in Canada by:

  • Advancing the knowledge of, and the study of, poverty in Canada by organizing conferences and workshops on topics related to poverty;
  • Undertaking and supporting research into factors that contribute to poverty and the most appropriate ways to mitigate these;
  • Producing and disseminating articles, commentary and reports on topics related to relieving poverty;
  • Providing information to government officials and the public to increase knowledge of poverty related issues and how to more effectively relieve poverty;
  • Working with food banks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, social housing providers and other social agencies to relieve poverty while promoting respect for the human rights of people living in poverty;
  • Directing people to the government programs and offices by which people may access benefits to which they may be entitled;
  • To uphold and ensure compliance with international human rights law as it relates to the relief of poverty, including, among others, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
  • To receive and maintain a fund or funds and to apply all or part of the principal and income therefrom, from time to time, to charitable organizations that are also registered charities under the Income Tax Act (Canada);
  • To do all things incidental and ancillary to the attainment of the above objects.