Ending Poverty

We are created in the image of God, and scripture reminds us to act justly and to care for those on the margins.
Children at Camp Cosmos in Montreal, PQ
Camp Cosmos, Montreal City Mission

What We Believe

The United Church believes that as we lead lives of compassion and justice, “the poor must have priority… over the wants of the rich.” (“The Church and the Economic Crisis,” 1984). Read more at Working to Eradicate Poverty.

The United Church has outreach and community ministries and collaborates with a number of Canadian and global ecumenical, interfaith, and civil society partners working on poverty issues.

What You Can Do

The Work of Our Partners

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May 25, 2020
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July 21, 2020
Moderator Richard Bott has written to Canadian government officials to ask them to move forward with developing and implementing a universal basic income (UBI) program in Canada.


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July 30, 2020

Poverty can happen very quickly to anyone. A universal basic income would help address the persistent inequities within our country.

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February 3, 2020

In the far-flung mountain communities of rural Ecuador, ECLOF’s financial services help Indigenous people lift themselves out of poverty.

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January 16, 2020

Rev. Allan David Smith-Reeve shares insights from the Bridging Teams program, where a core belief is that those who live in poverty are the lead problem-solvers. 

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January 15, 2020

Ekua Asabea Blair writes about the work of the Massey Centre to raise the issues affecting pregnant and parenting teens and the organization's advocacy for supportive housing for young parents.

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January 6, 2020

Without question, being in a room with 1,500 other caring individuals is an uplifting phenomenon. The level of energy and optimism is so high that it is easy to see the potential for change, for solutions, for achieving positive responses. In early November, I had the privilege of attending the Canadian Alliance for Ending Homelessness National Conference on Ending Homelessness ("CAEH 19," November 4-6, 2019 in Edmonton) representing The United Church of Canada and Coverdale...

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November 8, 2018

As a child living in my First Nation community, I used to walk to the freshwater stream with my great grandmother to bring water home because we did not have running water. In the wintertime, it was harder to get water because the stream and the community water pipe were frozen. Instead, we would get buckets of snow to melt in our homes.

Now that I live in the city, I can easily access water and I never have to worry about boil water advisories. Boil water advisories are warnings to the whole community not to drink or cook with the water unless boiled over a minute to kill harmful...

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October 17, 2018

Ignoring the call for justice is simply not an option for followers of Christ. On this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17, I celebrate the release of Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy with my fellow advocates and the Chew on this! Dignity for All Campaign, which is working towards a poverty-free Canada.

Deep poverty is our country’s national shame....

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August 22, 2018
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March 12, 2019
Federal poverty reduction goals are a fruit of years of advocacy, though new funding and recognition of Indigenous rights are still needed.
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November 20, 2017

When I look out of the windows from Our Place in Victoria BC, I see a veritable flock of large metallic cranes constructing new buildings in our downtown core. While part of me relishes the thought of more and much needed housing, another part of me wants to turn this economic boom into a positive for the most vulnerable citizens in our community.

It’s far too easy to dismiss people without jobs as being “lazy,” but that hasn’t been my experience. Instead, I see all the barriers that must be hurdled in order to secure...