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Move Canada’s fixed election date  away from Jewish high holy days

Move Canada’s fixed election date away from Jewish high holy days

Under the Elections Act, federal elections take place every four years on the third Monday in October. On holy days, traditionally observant Jews cannot work, drive, or write – basic activities required of candidates, volunteers, and voters. Elections Canada provides...

Eliminate the ban on blood  donations from LGBTQ2+ Canadians

Eliminate the ban on blood donations from LGBTQ2+ Canadians

At a time of chronic shortages in Canada’s blood supply, LGBTQ2+ Canadians want to help save lives. Unfortunately, Canadian Blood Services (CBS) prohibits many LGBTQ2+ individuals from donating blood unless they have been celibate for at least three months. CIJA’s...

Support refugees fleeing persecution and genocide

Support refugees fleeing persecution and genocide

As a community with a history of fleeing persecution, Jewish Canadians have played a significant role in supporting refugees. Through synagogues and agencies such as JIAS (Jewish Immigrant Aid Services) Toronto, Jewish Canadians have sponsored many Yazidi, Syrian and...

Ensure affordable housing is more accessible

Ensure affordable housing is more accessible

In November 2017, the Government of Canada unveiled its national housing strategy, which included an important commitment to fund up to 2,400 new housing units for people with developmental disabilities. While this is welcome, more must be done to address the severe...

Make the Canada Caregiver Credit  a refundable tax credit

Make the Canada Caregiver Credit a refundable tax credit

The Canadian Caregiver Credit (CCC) is a non-refundable tax credit available to those caring for a dependent family member with a physical or mental impairment. While a non-refundable tax credit can reduce one’s tax liability to zero, any amount that remains from the...

Improve access to the  Disability Tax Credit (DTC)

Improve access to the Disability Tax Credit (DTC)

The Disability Tax Credit (DTC) has proven to be a core pillar of the financial health of Canadians with disabilities or special needs. Unfortunately, fewer than 40% of adults who report qualifying disabilities claim the DTC. A Senate study noted that people with...

Fix the census to end the  underreporting of Jewish Canadians

Fix the census to end the underreporting of Jewish Canadians

From 2011 to 2016, the number of Canadians who reported that they are Jewish by ethnic origin dropped by more than half. This was due not to demographic change but to the removal of “Jewish” as a specific example in the census question, which, in previous censuses,...

Recognize, in Canada’s tax laws, the value of volunteering

Recognize, in Canada’s tax laws, the value of volunteering

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Canada’s charities. While promoting financial giving is important, tax policy should also encourage Canadians to give of their time, energy, and passion – without which many charities would not succeed. Such a policy would strengthen...

Create a tax incentive  for summer camps

Create a tax incentive for summer camps

For many Canadians, summer camp is a vital opportunity to develop one’s identity, values, and connection to community. Camp enables children to experience a summer filled with exercise, skills development, and enjoyment of Canada’s natural beauty. For many families,...

Launch a parliamentary inquiry into Canadians and global terrorism

Launch a parliamentary inquiry into Canadians and global terrorism

Canada is not immune from international terrorism, as is painfully clear from cases of Canadians who have died in terror attacks abroad in recent years. Research also reveals that Canadians involved in foreign terrorism have murdered or maimed more than 300 people...

Maintain diplomatic pressure  on the Iranian regime

Maintain diplomatic pressure on the Iranian regime

Iran remains a leading threat to human rights and global security. The Jewish people globally are targeted by this threat, as seen in Iran’s genocidal rhetoric against Israel and sponsorship of terror groups, such as Hezbollah, that have targeted Jews in multiple...

Establish a community  institution security rebate

Establish a community institution security rebate

As one of the groups targeted for hate-motivated crime, the Jewish community spends millions every year on security measures. These include significant sums spent by synagogues, day schools, and Jewish community centres on security personnel. Recommendation The...