Roughly 736 million people around the world live in extreme poverty. No one should have to live through this man-made injustice.

Progress is being made — the number of people living on less than USD $1.90 per day has halved since 1990, and it's possible we could end extreme poverty by 2030. To achieve this, it’s crucial that the wealthiest countries like Canada step up and do their part. But right now, Canada dedicates only 0.28% of its national wealth to international aid — below the average of 0.31% for rich countries and well below the target of 0.7% agreed to by the United Nations 50 years ago. 

Lawmakers in Canada's Parliament can take a stand in the fight to end extreme poverty by increasing Canada’s international aid budget. This would ensure more funding for issues like improving access to quality education, promoting gender equality, and advancing health by providing every child with the vaccines they need to grow up healthy and strong and by eradicating preventable diseases like polio. These are issues Canadians care deeply about both at home and around the world.

Your voice matters! One of the most helpful ways to capture the attention of parliamentarians is through personalized letters. Reading the words of constituents personalizes the issue and can reassure parliamentarians that they are making the right decision by supporting international aid.

Write a message to Canadian lawmakers about why you think it’s so important for Canada to step up its leadership on ending extreme poverty. We’ll pick out the most thoughtful notes and share them with Canada’s parliamentarians.