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e-3347 (Social affairs and equality)

E-petition
Initiated by Gillian Reiss from Toronto, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • The Canada Child Benefit is the signature piece of Canada’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy;
  • The Government of Canada has committed to a rights-based approach to poverty reduction based on the principles of universality, non-discrimination and equality;
  • Current legislation denies many children who are residents of Canada – including those who are Canadian born – access to Canada Child Benefit payments because of the immigration status of their parents;
  • The current legislation reinforces pre-existing gendered poverty because women are still the primary caregivers for children in most Canadian families;
  • The current legislation adversely impacts racialized communities that already face a higher risk of poverty; and
  • The current legislation forces some children and their primary care providers to remain in abusive relationships in order to maintain access to Canada Child Benefit payments.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada concerned about children in our communities, call upon the Government of Canada to reduce child poverty and alleviate the hardships faced by children and women in Canada by allowing all children who are residents of Canada access to Canada Child Benefit payments, irrespective of the immigration status of their parents.
Open for signature
April 23, 2021, at 1:15 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 23, 2021, at 1:15 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Han Dong
Don Valley North
Liberal Caucus
Ontario
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