The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) funding for CCIC, Canada’s pre-eminent coalition to end global poverty, is threatened. Cutting off funding for CCIC means that a critical and well-respected voice for the world’s poor risks being silenced.
If you shut down diversity, there will be weak policy debate resulting in bad public policy. If partisan politics determines aid funding, then effectiveness and accountability, to Canadians and the world’s poor, are abandoned.
“Our union, like many others has increasingly supported international aid and development. Our work has grown in response to our members’ desire to advocate for the poor both at home and abroad and to make a useful and practical contribution,” said Paul Moist. “It is incomprehensible that your government would de-fund an organization that is so vital in building that support.”
CUPE represents workers at a number of international development organizations including CCIC staff who are members of CUPE Local 3371.
- For more information about the impact of de-funding the CCIC, we encourage CUPE members to read the letter sent on June 3 by Paul Moist, CUPE National President, to Minister Bev Oda to express disappointment in that CIDA funding for the CCIC has not been renewed. In his letter Paul Moist urges Minister Oda to take quick action to ensure that funding is put in place.
- Visit the webpage “CIDA Funding to CCIC Threatened – Take Action” to learn ways you can help.
What CUPE wants
- Bev Oda, the Minister for International Cooperation, should immediately announce funding for the Council.
- Clear, transparent and reliable standards must guide CIDA aid funding decisions.
- The Minister for International Cooperation must work with the Canadian CSO community to restore confidence and trust in a non-partisan aid programming decisions.
What you can do
Write, email or call Minister Oda, requesting that funding for the CCIC be re-instated immediately.
The Honourable Beverly J. Oda
Minister of International Cooperation
200 promenade du Portage
Gatineau, QC K1A OG4
Ottawa: (613) 992-2792
Bowmanville: (905) 697-1699