Social Justice Resources

Knowing the issues that affect the most vulnerable in our society is the first step toward finding solutions and bringing justice to a community. These resources cover issues related to poverty, homelessness, social services and more.

Cover for Encyclical Laudato Si - Encyclical Laudato Si - 'On Care for Our Common Home'

April 03, 2017

The Encyclical Laudato Si', 'On Care for Our Common Home', is Pope Francis' urgent challenge "to seek a sustainable and integral development" by calling on everyone, "the entire human family" to to protect our common home. The style of this encyclical is one that challenges us to act now. The encyclical is already regarded as a significant source of Catholic Social Teaching similar to 'Rerum Novarum', the encyclical of Pope Leo XIII published in 1891. Laudato Si' is dated 24 May 2015, but was officially published at Noon on 18 June 2015. Laudato Si' means 'Prase be to you'. It is a phrase derived from the medieval Umbrian dialect of Central Italy. It is also a recurring element in 'Canticle of the Sun', a hymn or chant composed by Saint Francis of Assisi in the 13th century. The title of the encyclical and its opening quote from St. Francis’s Canticle establish its focus.

Topics: Community / Family Services, People with Special Needs, Seniors, Children & Youth, Young Parents, Poverty & Poverty Reduction, Housing & Homelessness, Environmental

Type: Advocacy News

Cover for City of Toronto - Budget Committee - Catholic Charities - City of Toronto pre-Budget 2017 Consultations City of Toronto - Budget Committee - Catholic Charities - City of Toronto pre-Budget 2017 Consultations

January 11, 2017

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto's Submission to the City of Toronto's Budget Committee's Consultation on the 2017 Budget.

Topics: Poverty & Poverty Reduction, Housing & Homelessness

Type: Advocacy News

Cover for Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs - Catholic Charities - Ontario pre-Budget 2017 Consultations Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs - Catholic Charities - Ontario pre-Budget 2017 Consultations

January 11, 2017

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto's Submission to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario's Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs Consultation on the 2017 Budget.

Topics: Community / Family Services, Seniors, Poverty & Poverty Reduction, Housing & Homelessness, Mental Health Issues, Women: Violence & Abuse

Type: Advocacy News

Cover for Ministry of Finance Ontario pre-Budget 2017 Submission Ministry of Finance Ontario pre-Budget 2017 Submission

January 11, 2017

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto's Submission to the Ontario Ministry of Finance Consultation on the 2017 Budget.

Topics: Community / Family Services, Seniors, Poverty & Poverty Reduction, Housing & Homelessness, Mental Health Issues, Women: Violence & Abuse

Type: Advocacy News

Cover for National Housing Consultation National Housing Consultation 'Let's Talk Housing' Submission

December 01, 2016

Catholic Charities submission to the 2016 national consultation, “Let’s Talk Housing”, toward the creation of a National Housing Strategy for Canada which was initiated by the federal government.

Topics: Housing & Homelessness

Type: Advocacy News

Hidden Epidemic: A Report on Child and Family Poverty in Toronto

November 05, 2014

The Report describes the hidden epidemic of child and family poverty in Toronto. It proposes that it is a crucial time for action by the city to reduce and eventually eradicate child poverty.

Topics: Community / Family Services, Children & Youth, Poverty & Poverty Reduction, Housing & Homelessness

Type: Advocacy News

Ontario Municipal Election Guide 2014

October 05, 2014

Catholic Charities prepared this voter's guide for Municipal Elections across Ontario in 2014. The Guide's focus was to help people make informed decisions when selecting some 2,800 council members and 700 school trustees across the province.

Topics: Community / Family Services, People with Special Needs, Seniors, Children & Youth, Young Parents, Poverty & Poverty Reduction, Housing & Homelessness, Environmental

Type: Guides

Cover for Ontario Election Guide 2014 Ontario Election Guide 2014

June 12, 2014

Catholic Charities prepared this voter's guide for the Ontario Provincial Election in 2014. The goal of the Guide was to raise issues with candidates in this election that affect the most vulnerable.

Topics: Community / Family Services, People with Special Needs, Seniors, Children & Youth, Young Parents, Poverty & Poverty Reduction, Housing & Homelessness, Mental Health Issues

Type: Advocacy Resources

Cover for Convening the Conversation: The Choices We Make Matter Convening the Conversation: The Choices We Make Matter

May 24, 2014

Convening the Conversation: The Choices We Make Matter is a Workshop Guide on Advocacy for Poverty Reduction. It was prepared by the Social Justice Representatives of the Catholic Dioceses of Ontario and endorsed by the Social Affairs Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario in Spring 2014.

Topics: Poverty & Poverty Reduction, Housing & Homelessness

Type: Advocacy News

Centre for Urban Health Solutions

April 03, 2014

The Centre for Urban Health Solutions (founded in 1998 as the Centre for Research on Inner City Health), is an inter-disciplinary research centre within St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. The Centre seeks to improve health in cities, especially for those experiencing marginalization, and to reduce barriers to accessing factors essential to health, such as appropriate health care and quality housing. The Centre is committed to developing and implementing concrete responses within health care and social service systems and at the level of public policy.

Topics: Community / Family Services, Poverty & Poverty Reduction, Housing & Homelessness

Type: Websites

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