Learn about the issues, policies, and positions that define our work. Get the history, facts, in-depth analyses, and breaking updates on a range of advocacy topics.
If you care about the future of Canada, the Jewish community, and Israel, we want to know what you think. Tell us about our performance and your priorities.
Ukrainian-Flag
Crisis in Ukraine

The Ukrainian crisis was sparked on February 18th, when thousands of Ukrainian protestors gathered outside the country’s parliament to call on the government to restore the Ukrainian constitution. Violence erupted between protestors and police, leading to dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries in the ensuing days. On February 21st, the Ukrainian opposition took control […]

March 14, 2014
Read More
mulcair passover
Statement from the Leader of the Official Opposition on Passover

The Leader of the Official Opposition, Thomas Mulcair (Outremont), made the following statement to mark the beginning of Passover: “Catherine and I extend our warmest wishes to members of the Jewish community as they gather to celebrate Pesach with songs, wine and a meal shared with friends and family. Families will gather to retell the […]

April 14, 2014
Read More
Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 11.18.51 AM
Statement by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on Passover

OTTAWA – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement on the occasion of Passover: “As families gather around the seder table to share the story of the Exodus – from generation to generation – let us reflect on the journey from slavery to freedom, and celebrate the peace […]

April 14, 2014
Read More
passover greeting
Happy Passover

At our Passover Seder tables tonight, Jews around the world will celebrate the Jewish Exodus from Egypt – our first steps on a journey to national self-determination. This year, let us also remember a second exodus, where the Jewish people were not led forth from slavery but driven from their communities. Between 1945 and 1970, […]

April 14, 2014
Read More
Sikh holiday
CIJA sends warm greetings on Vaisakhi

  As the Sikh community celebrates one of their most significant religious holidays, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs sends warm greetings and best wishes for a joyous occasion.  Our Sikh neighbours and friends across Canada and around the world will take to the streets for massive celebrations in Nagar Kirtans (parades) and prayers […]

April 14, 2014
Read More
Minister Kenney issues statement celebrating the start of Passover

Ottawa, April 14, 2014 – The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism, issued the following statement celebrating the start of Passover: “This evening, millions of people across Canada and around the world will gather at seder tables with loved ones to mark the beginning of Passover and to commemorate the Jewish people’s exodus from slavery […]

April 11, 2014
Read More
Crisis in Ukraine

As tensions continue to rise, stay up to date on the most recent events in Ukraine here.

Quebec Election

Quebec is facing a short and intense election campaign. CIJA Quebec is on the ground, monitoring developments and representing the community on issues that matter. Make your voice count, don’t just vote, get involved! Stay up to date here.

Download this document here. Jews have lived in Canada for more than 250 years, with the first recorded Jewish newcomer settling in Trois-Rivières, Québec, in 1760. Most of the early [...]
Introduction On Thursday, September 26th, the 67th session of the UN General Assembly is scheduled to include a debate on nuclear disarmament, during which the Iranian regime’s ongoing, illegal nuclear [...]
Pour le français cliquez ici On November 24, 2013, the P5+1 (United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China) signed an interim agreement with Iran that sets out a [...]
Download this document here. Each year, students on university campuses across Canada are subjected to various anti-Israel events, including “Israel Apartheid Week.”  While we know that much of the campus community [...]
We are counting down 65 days until Yom Ha’atzmaut, the day commemorating Israel’s declaration of Independence. Why 65 days? Because this year we are celebrating Israel’s 65th year of independence! [...]
Initially greeted with enthusiasm by many, it is now abundantly clear that the so-called “Arab Spring” has not brought liberal democratic transformation to the Middle East. Rather than an idealistic [...]
      Download this document here. BDS is an acronym for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, which seek to delegitimize and isolate Israel, and Israel alone, around the world and [...]
United Nations Voting Records [...]
Download the document here. The Canada-Israel bilateral relationship continues to flourish and expand, as it has under the leadership of successive Prime Ministers since the Jewish state was established in [...]
The Government of Canada’s changes to the immigration and refugee system have attracted a great deal of attention over the last few months, particularly from within the Jewish community. Canada [...]
The advertisements currently placed on Vancouver transit by the Palestine Awareness Coalition depict a series of misleading and inaccurate maps that suggest Israel is a creeping, immoral and illegitimate state. [...]
The Government Relations team advocates on behalf of the Jewish community on all levels of government and all major political parties in Canada on a wide-range of domestic and foreign-policy [...]
Stay up to date here with information about Israel’s economy, geography and other tidbits on “the Start-Up Nation” [...]
The years following the 1948 Arab-Israeli war witnessed a massive dislocation of civilians in the Middle East. As one contemporary observer described the refugee situation: “Hundreds of thousands of men, [...]
Download this document here. Jewish tradition upholds the centrality of ethical obligations to one’s neighbour, which often ties into modern concepts of social justice. These moral imperatives have spurred Jewish [...]
Download this document here. The Jewish community is one of the most consistently targeted victims of hate- and bias-motivated crime, often directed against communal institutions. In 2007, the Government of [...]
Download the Holocaust Timeline here. Introduction “Holocaust” is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.” The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that [...]
The Government of Iran continues to use amputation, flogging, torture, public execution and other cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishments to impose its will on the Iranian people. Religious, ethnic, linguistic [...]
For up to date news on this topic click here. To stay up to date on all issues sign up for our mailing list here. Take Action to Stop the [...]
Download this document here. A short timeline of the history of the peace process in the Middle East 1947 – The United Nations recommends partition with the passage of Resolution [...]
Overview The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs has provided the following information for your consideration and use. In summary, we have highlighted the following key points as essential to [...]
Download this document here. The Centre believes that the United Nations has an important role to play in international affairs. However, every year, the United Nations General Assembly’s agenda is [...]
Download this document here. Read the Action Plan for Combating Antisemitism 2013 and Beyond here. The Jewish community of Canada is the country’s most frequent target of hatred. According to [...]
Events change quickly in the Middle East. There are a lot of different factors and players at work. To make things simple, clear, and understandable, here are the basic facts [...]