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The Centre for Social Justice

conducts research, education and advocacy in a bid to narrow the gap in income, wealth and power, and enhance peace and human security; brings together people from universities and unions, faith groups and community organizations in the pursuit of greater equality and democracy; supports social movements in the struggle for social justice; offers a non-partisan perspective on political, social and economic issues and uses creative communications to educate Canadians about public policies

About the Centre for Social Justice

The Centre for Social Justice is an advocacy organization that seeks to strengthen the struggle for social justice. We are committed to working for change in partnership with various social movements and recognize that effective change requires the active participation of all sectors of our community. Although the Centre is based in Ontario, our work increasingly takes us across Canada and into the international arena. The programmatic content of the Centre's work may change from year to year, but there is an on-going interest in working strategically to narrow the gap between rich and poor, challenging the corporate domination of Canadian politics, and pressing for policy changes that promote economic and social justice. The Board of Directors is drawn from our partnerships with community and faith groups, unions and universities.

Our History

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) was created in 1997 to carry on much of the work of the Jesuit Centre for Social Faith and Justice. During its 19 years of operation, the Jesuit Centre had earned widespread respect for its work on Central American issues, for its support of refugees, and for its efforts to strengthen social movements here in Canada. In an effort to continue this work, a partnership of activists from unions, universities, faith communities and social movements approached the Jesuits, who agreed to help them in setting up a new independent centre.

In order to guarantee full compliance with Canadian charity laws, the Board of Directors decided to incorporate two entities: the Centre for Social Justice would conduct advocacy campaigns and the CSJ Foundation for Research and Education would pursue charitable activities.