Our Priorities

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Combating Antisemitism

According to Statistics Canada police-reported hate crime data, Jews are targets in 62% of religiously motivated hate crime across the country. CIJA works with all levels of government, local Jewish community partners, and allies from other diverse minorities to combat antisemitism online and in the real world.

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Strengthening the Canada-Israel Friendship

CIJA educates Canadians about the central role Israel plays in Jewish life and identity. We monitor issues that affect the Canada-Israel friendship that benefits both Canadians and Israelis and enjoys cross-partisan support.

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Protecting the Quality of Jewish Life

CIJA works with Jewish service delivery agencies and other minority communities to advance social policies aligned with Jewish values that benefit all Canadians.

Our Policy Recommendations

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Building a more accessible Canada

Building a more accessible Canada

According to the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability by Statistics Canada, more than six million Canadians, or 22% of the population, identify as living with a disability.

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 are targeted by this threat, as demonstrated by Iran’s genocidal rhetoric against Israel and its sponsorship of terror groups.

Protect the Jewish community

Protect the Jewish community

Canada is one of the best countries in the world to be Jewish, but statistics show that the Jewish community nevertheless remains one of the most frequently targeted minorities for hate crime.

More accessible affordable housing

More accessible affordable housing

The National Housing Strategy (NHS) includes important commitments to fund up to 2,400 new housing units for people with developmental disabilities. Programs within the NHS include funding for individuals with disabilities.

Denounce the Palestinian Authority “pay-to-slay” program

Denounce the Palestinian Authority “pay-to-slay” program

The Palestinian Authority’s Martyr’s Fund incentivizes and rewards violence by paying imprisoned or injured Palestinians or families of those killed as a result of committing acts of violence against Israelis. Recipients of funds include mass murderers and families of suicide bombers.

Improve foreign aid

Improve foreign aid

Canadians can be proud of our track record providing billions annually in international assistance and humanitarian aid, funding medical supplies, water, and food. However, if released into the wrong hands, humanitarian aid can be syphoned off from its target population with deadly consequences.

End the underreporting of Jewish Canadians in the census

End the underreporting of Jewish Canadians in the census

From 2011 to 2016, the number of Canadians who reported that they are Jewish dropped by more than half. This was not due to a demographic change but to the removal of “Jewish” as a specific example in the question on ethnic origin and to the question on household religion being asked only in alternate censuses (or once in ten years).

Close the legal gap on hate speech

Close the legal gap on hate speech

Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, an effective but flawed tool in combating online hate speech, was removed in 2013. This left a gap in the effort to protect Canadians from hate speech that could be addressed in several ways

Add Samidoun to the list of terrorist entities

Add Samidoun to the list of terrorist entities

Samidoun (Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network) is a security threat. Operating in Canada, Samidoun has direct affiliation and ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) – an organization that has been placed on the list of terrorist entities.

Advocate for restitution for Holocaust Survivors

Advocate for restitution for Holocaust Survivors

In 2009, Canada and 45 other countries committed to the Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets. It calls for just and fair solutions regarding private communal and heirless property stolen from Jews during WWII.

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 Jewish Canadians have sponsored many refugees.

Support for Black communities

Support for Black communities

Anti-Black racism is a malicious hatred that must be stopped. We all have a role to play in building a better Canada, free from racism, antisemitism, inequality, and inequity.

Implement UNDRIP

Implement UNDRIP

An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was given Royal Assent in June 2021. Entrenching UNDRIP in Canadian law demonstrates our collective commitment to upholding the promises made to Indigenous peoples.

End the blood ban

End the blood ban

During times 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.

Criminalize Holocaust denial

Criminalize Holocaust denial

What starts with Jews never ends with Jews. The Holocaust was a horrific genocide where more than six million Jews and other targeted minorities, one and a half million of...