Canadians for Tax Fairness is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization advocating for fair and progressive tax policies aimed at building a strong and sustainable economy, reducing inequalities and funding quality public services. More...
We believe in a country where taxation is regarded as a way to invest in Canada and Canadians. We believe in a progressive tax system where all individuals and corporations pay their fair share.
We believe that Canada in the 21st century should be a society in which economic disparities are decreasing, basic needs are met by investing in high-quality public services, economic policies are designed to protect our environment, and the will of the people drives our political process.
The mission of Canadians for Tax Fairness is to build a national campaign to promote fair taxation. We support the development and implementation of a tax system, based on ability to pay, to fund the comprehensive, high-quality network of public services and programs required to meet our social, economic and environmental needs in the 21st century. Canadians for Tax Fairness will work together with other groups and individuals who share our goals.
We will campaign for a fair tax system that:
- puts the needs of Canadians first
- means progressive taxation, where those who have more contribute more
- puts an end to tax loopholes for the wealthiest
- means ending the race to the bottom on corporate tax rates because corporations also have a responsibility to society
- opposes the use of offshore tax havens and banking hideaways
- includes the use of goods and services taxes to encourage sustainable social and environmental practices by taxing the "bads" more than the "goods"
- includes the introduction of new sources of public revenue, such as a financial transaction tax
Canadians for Tax Fairness will:
- develop and promote progressive tax policies that are rooted in Canadian values, and that strengthen our capacity to provide public services and protect our environment.
- create a grassroots counter-force to anti-tax crusaders by organizing national campaign activities and mobilizing volunteers.
- actively lobby all levels of government for the related legislation, regulations and policies.
- create an online clearinghouse for popular education tools and support materials.
create public communications opportunities for progressive economists and other experts through a proactive media relations program.
Board of Directors
Diana Gibson (Chair)
Analyst, Policy Link.
David Langille (Treasurer)
Lecturer, York University.
Director of Labour Relations and General Counsel, Association of Canadian Financial Officers.
Research & Policy Analyst with the Income Security Advocacy Centre.
National Union of Public and General Employees.
Senior Economist, CUPE.
National Advisory Council
Tax law professor, co-author The Trouble With Billionaires.
General Secretary, Canadian Council of Churches.
Former Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary of Cabinet for three Prime Ministers.
Social justice lawyer, former President, Canadian Environmental Defence Fund.
Journalist and author.
Former Secretary of State (Finance) and former TD Bank Chief Economist.
CM, QC, lawyer, editor Canadian Rights Reporter.
Former Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada.
Technical Advisory Committee
Packer Visiting Professor of Social Justice, York University.
Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, BC Office.
Coordinator, Alternative Federal Budget, CCPA.
Economic consultant, Chair and President, Atkinson Foundation.
Author, researcher, statistician.
Author Economics for Everyone, economist, Unifor.
Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Dennis Howlett, Executive Director
- Gail Dugas, Communications Coordinator
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- Social Justice Co-operative of Newfoundland and Labrador - is committed to raising awareness and speaking out on issues of social justice that impact our community and our world at large.
Canadians for Tax Fairness is proud to count on the following organizations for providing technical resources and financial support:
- Association of Canadian Financial Officers
- Canadian Association of Social Workers
- Canadian Association of University Teachers
- Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
- Canadian Labour Congress
- Canadian Union of Postal Workers
- Canadian Union of Public Employees
- Citizens for Public Justice
- British Columbia Teachers' Federation
- Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
- Inter Pares
- KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
- National Union of Public and General Employees
- Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association
- Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
- Public Service Alliance of Canada
- SEIU Canadian Council
- TAYPE International Business Services
- UFCW Canada
- United Steelworkers
- The Professional Institute of Public Service of Canada
- United Church of Canada
Gail Dugas, Communications Coordinator
309 Cooper Street,
Ottawa, ON K2P 0G5
Canadians for Tax Fairness
192 Main Street,
PO Box 12015
Ottawa, ON K1S 3M1