Volunteer against Income Inequality
The fight against income inequality is bigger than all of us. To really win this battle, we’ll need everyone on board, and there’s a ton of different ways you can get involved! Even if you’re not a union member, volunteering with any number of organizations could help turn the tide. Use our map to find allies in your area and help us win a fairer future for all Canadians.
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In the News
Ottawa (09 June 2021) — In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the National Union of Public and General Employees backed the call for a global minimum corporate tax rate of at least 21%. The proposal for a global minimum corporate tax rate is being discussed at the Group of Seven government leaders’ summit in Britain later this week.
Global minimum corporate tax rate would help reduce tax dodging
A global minimum tax is intended to make it hard for multinational corporations using tax havens and other tax dodging schemes to avoid paying their share.
Ottawa (27 May 2021) — A universal public pharmacare program will help to ensure all Canadians are able to get the prescription drugs they need and will save the health care system money. So why is it taking so long to introduce?
The answer is that, while the overwhelming majority of Canadians would benefit from universal public pharmacare, some large corporations would see profits drop. Those corporations, whose owners include some of the wealthiest families in the world, are lobbying hard against universal public pharmacare.
Ottawa (30 April 2021) — This week the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) agreed to a motion from NDP Finance Critic Peter Julian to do a follow-up study of how shell companies in tax havens are used for tax avoidance and to avoid legal proceedings. This effectively restarts a 2016 inquiry by FINA into shell companies in tax havens.
Ottawa (20 April 2021) — The National Union of Public and General Employees has called on Canada Pension Plan Investments Board (CPPIB) to reject a plan to invest in the privatization of water and sanitation sewer services in Brazil.
Ottawa (08 April 2021) — This week the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) reported that more than $1.36 billion in taxes and penalties has been recovered by different countries as a result of the Panama Papers leak.
"We will continue to advocate for our members, but also ensure that the recovery benefits everyone. Our future can be inclusive and fair, with the importance of public services more recognized than ever, where we take better care of our children and our seniors and everyone in between, and where we can reduce income and social inequality. We can build a healthier and safer country for everyone. In fact, it's not only that we can — we must." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Ottawa (25 Feb. 2021) — Last week, Canadians for Tax Fairness released a Fair Tax Recovery Plan demonstrating how the federal government could raise more than $70 billion in annual revenues by introducing progressive tax reforms in coming budgets.
Ottawa (28 Jan. 2021) — A new report has found that Revera Living, the second largest for-profit long-term care and retirement facility company in Canada, appears to be using a web of subsidiaries in tax havens to reduce the corporate income taxes that its subsidiaries in the United Kingdom pay. The report, Tax Dodging by a Canadian Crown Corporation: Revera Living Making a Killing, was produced by the Centre for International Corporate Tax Accountability and Research (CICTAR).
While many workers were laid off and had to rely on income support of $500/week during the pandemic, the stock market boom means half of CEOs will likely see an increase in their compensation for 2020.