- Aboriginal Affairs
- Arts and Culture
- Constitutional Issues
- Consumer Issues
- Economic Development
- Employment and Training
- Government Procurement
- International Development
- International Relations
- International Trade
- Justice and Law Enforcement
- National Security/Security
- Regional Development
- Research and Development
- Science and Technology
- Taxation and Finance
Subject Matter Details
Grant, Contribution or Other Financial Benefit
- Provide economic support for the charitable and not-for-profit sector through a direct granting program. Donations from Canadians should be incentivized through a temporary enhancement of the charitable giving tax credit, or through a donor matching program, whereby the government matches donations from Canadians.
- Public Security threats to the safety and security of the Jewish community of Canada and the extension of funding of capital costs and staff training for security of communities at risk
Legislative Proposal, Bill or Resolution
- A civil remedy based in human rights law, included in the Canadian Human Rights Act, with respect to combating hate speech, including antisemitism. Training for provincial attorneys general, prosecutors, and police to enforce Criminal Code hate speech provisions. Training and parameters should cite the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism.
- CITIZENSHIP ACT (continued support for the power of the state under the current citizenship act to remove citizenship in cases involving war crimes, crimes against humanity, terrorism and extreme promotion of hate.)
- Civil remedy included in the Canadian Human Rights Act with respect to combating antisemitism.
- Diplomatic relations with Iran should not be renewed until specific conditions are met, including an end to calls for the destruction of Israel, an end to state-sponsored terrorism, and the provision of all evidence related to Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. The entirety of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps should be banned by the government.
- Equip police departments to counter hate crimes and support targeted communities by providing additional resources to bolster existing police hate crime and community liaison units. Where such units do not exist, funding should be provided to establish them.
- Update the Criminal Code of Canada with respect to combating antisemitism and online hate. Create a national strategy to tackle online hate and radicalization using the 2019 Justice Committee report, "Taking Action to End Online Hate", as a foundation. A strategy should draw upon the Christchurch Call, and use the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism.
Legislative Proposal, Bill or Resolution, Policies or Program
- Hate speech and internet-based hate: For Canada to adopt policies – either/and through legislation or policies adjustments that will provide measurable standards for internet-based dissemination of hate speech, including explicit provisions within the Crimical Code and/or the Human Rights Act.
Policies or Program
- Accountability for Anti-Racism Initiatives: Public accountability measures should be developed and implemented to support and uphold genuine progress in combating hate in all its forms, as outlined in Building a Foundation for Change: Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy 2019–2022.
- Advocate for restitution for Holocaust Survivors: Canada should continue leveling diplomatic pressure on countries in Eastern Europe that have evaded their responsibility to pass meaningful restitution laws.
- Advocating for the development of a national anti-poverty strategy.
- Agriculture Canada: Assist in securing termination of Israeli ban on Canadian beef imports as a result of BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) protocols.
- Anti racism initiatives and expand support by Canadian government of different initiatives to promote tolerance and diversity, including genocide awareness, commemoration and education.
- Assisted living and low-income housing for vulnerable populations. Ensure those with developmental disabilities benefit from the government programs for affordable housing, and that a specific portion of the funds allocated for housing be designated for those with developmental disabilities. The national housing strategy should be implemented, with a portion of the funding earmarked for vulnerable populations, such as those with disabilities, seniors, and those who have escaped domestic violence.
- Canada and Israel relationship with regard to expanding trade between Canada and Israel through the promotion, application and expansion of free trade agreement
- Canada-Israel bilateral relations related to trade, investment and scientific and academic exchanges
- Canadian diplomatic relations related to the trade agreements with Israel and other nations in the Middle East
- Canadian participation in International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)
- Continuing support of the Government of Canada's policy in maintaining the office of the special advisor on antisemitism of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
- Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada: Assisting Aboriginal leaders and Aboriginal women's groups in learning new models of community development through presentations on Israeli development models at MASHAV (Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Israel's equivalent of CIDA). Canadian participation in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
- Defense: Canadian participation in Operation Proteus; Discussions on Canada-Israel military cooperation, joint training exercises and military staff exchanges.
- End the ban on blood donations from men-who-have-sex-with-men, and implement new policies which ensure Canada's blood supply is safe, without being discriminatory.
- Establish a security rebate program for places of worship, schools and community centres. Institutions that pay for security personnel (such as guards from licensed companies or paid duty police officers) could submit those receipts with their annual filing to Canada Revenue Agency and be reimbursed for a portion of the total cost.
- Government Procurement: Facilitation of Canada-Israel meetings at ministerial level on issues of budget and procurement "best practices".
- INTERNATIONAL TASK FORCE ON HOLOCAUST EDUCATION, COMMEMORATION AND RESEARCH; ensure that the Government of Canada fulfills its obligations as a full member.
- Immigration: Discussions regarding the Immigration Refugee Board policies regarding refugee claimants from Israel; Discussions regarding overall Canadian immigration policy, integration of new Canadians and Israeli "best practices" regarding new immigrant absorption (e.g., certification of foreign trained medical professionals) and language training.
- Infrastructure and community relations with regard to the expansion of current PSC (Public Safety Canada) security related funding proposals to include broader definitions of participation and extended funding qualification timetables as well as broader range of items to be funded
- International Development: Advice on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada (Global Affairs Canada) approach to aid directed at UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency); Advice on the renewal of the McGill Middle East Program in Civil Society and Peace Building It exists - since renamed International Community Action Network (ICAN).
- International Relations: Discussions on Canadian interventions at the UN regarding economic sanctions approved by the Security Council; Canadian positions on the NPT (Non-proliferation treaty) review conference; Canadian involvement in the Israel-Palestinians peace process.
- Launch a parliamentary inquiry on Canadians and global terrorism: Parliament should launch a study on Canadian victims and perpetrators of foreign terrorism to identify gaps and propose solutions in two areas: federal support for victims, and evidence collection on perpetrators.
- Make the Canada Caregiver Credit a refundable tax credit.
- Make the Disability Tax Credit refundable, and increase its accessibility by making it inclusive, especially for those with non-physical and/or episodic disabilities. Reforms should be undertaken in partnership with disability advocates, to ensure the application process is simpler, less subjective, and more accessible for individuals and medical professionals alike.
- Myanmar/Burma/Uighurs: Rohinga refugees and displaced persons: For Canada to augment humanitarian allocations to assist the Rohinga refugees in Burma and Bangladesh and implement elements of the recommendations submitted by The Hon. Bob Rae regarding the Rohinga refugee population.
- National Holocaust Memorial: To ensure that the Government of Canada provide resources for year-round access to the memorial as well as educations supports for visitors to the Holocaust Memorial
- Qualifications for refugee status claimants and citizenship and immigration requirements for new immigrants related to standards for qualification for entry
- Raoul Wallenberg "Park of the Righteous": For the Government to establish a national park in honour of Raoul Wallenberg paying tribute to individual Canadians who have made a significant contribution to humanitarian causes.
- Taxation and Finance: Discussions regarding CRA tax policies with respect to charitable organizations, and general policies.
- Transportation: Assisting in the development of briefings on airport security by Israeli officials for Transport Canada - including ministerial staff.
- WAR CRIMES PROSECUTIONS (continuing advocacy to push the denaturalization and deportation of persons found in Canada who lied about their records in the Second World War or more recent conflicts and the prosecution of war criminals when sufficient evidence is adduced.)
- Agriculture: Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulations regarding ritual slaughter (Chapter 12) and labeling.
- Broadcasting: Discussions regarding the award of new broadcast licenses by the CRTC
- Conflict of Interests, Ethics, Lobbying, Canada Revenue Agency. Ensuring CIJA fully respects all its legal and regulatory obligations while advocating for the current framework to be more efficient and respectful of the needs, objectives and resources of cultural and religious communities.
- Dairy Board: tariff exemptions for kosher cheese products: To ensure that kosher cheese products not produced domestically be designated as tariff-exempt dairy products.
- Department of Citizenship and Immigration Act, related to the application of and the issuance of visas.
- Include a question on religion in every census, instead of every second census.
- PSC (Public Safety Canada) and Infrastructure Canada seeking program applicability to full range of Jewish communal institutions with respect to the timing of the program and the scope and determination of reimbursements
- Tax credit for volunteerism: proposing that a process be added to provide tax credits for individuals who contribute time to charitable activities on a sustained basis.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Canadian Heritage (PCH)
Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC)
Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT)
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
Competition Tribunal (CT)
Correctional Service of Canada (CSC)
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
Finance Canada (FIN)
Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
Health Canada (HC)
House of Commons
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB)
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)
Infrastructure Canada (INFC)
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Justice Canada (JC)
National Defence (DND)
National Research Council (NRC)
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada (OIC)
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC)
Prime Minister's Office (PMO)
Privy Council Office (PCO)
Public Safety Canada (PS)
Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC)
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
Senate of Canada
Shared Services Canada (SSC)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Statistics Canada (StatCan)
Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB)
Transport Canada (TC)
Treasury Board Of Canada Secretariat (TBS)
Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC)
Women and Gender Equality (WAGE)
In-house Organization Details
Description of the organization's activities
THE CENTRE FOR ISRAEL AND JEWISH AFFAIRS (CIJA) IS THE OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE ORGANIZATIONAL VOICE OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF CANADA. IT IS THE COMMUNITY'S PRIMARY VEHICLE FOR JEWISH COMMUNITY ADVOCACY EFFORTS, HELPING TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF JEWISH LIFE IN CANADA AND STRENGTHEN THE CANADA-ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP. THE CENTRE ACTS ON A BROAD RANGE OF MATTERS AFFECTING THE STATUS, RIGHTS AND WELFARE OF JEWS IN CANADA, AS WELL AS ON ISSUES OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND EQUALITY FOR ALL CANADIANS, AND ARTICULATES THE COMMUNITY'S PERSPECTIVES ON KEY ISSUES OF NATIONAL SCOPE AND SIGNIFICANCE REGARDING CANADA-ISRAEL RELATIONS, POLITICAL, LEGAL/ CONSTITUTIONAL, HUMAN RIGHTS, SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES, AND MATTERS OF PUBLIC POLICY.
THE CENTRE IS DEVOTED TO THE PROMOTION OF INCREASED UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE PEOPLES OF CANADA AND ISRAEL. IN SEEKING TO ENHANCE CANADA-ISRAEL FRIENDSHIP, THE CENTRE LIAISES WITH GOVERNMENT, MEDIA, BUSINESS AND ACADEMIC SECTORS, OFTEN SUBMITTING BRIEFS AND PROVIDING BACKGROUND ANALYSES ON MATTERS OF PUBLIC POLICY. IN ADDITION, IT SPONSORS SEMINARS, CONFERENCES AND OTHER TYPES OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING IN CANADA, AND ORGANIZES MIDDLE EAST STUDY MISSIONS AS WELL AS VISITS TO OTHER COMMUNITIES WHERE THERE ARE SPECIFIC ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITY.
Responsible officer name and position during the period of this registration
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Organization's membership or classes of membership
THE ORGANIZATION IS INCORPORATED AND HAS ONE CLASS OF MEMBERSHIP. THE MEMBERSHIP CONSISTS OF: THE ATLANTIC JEWISH COUNCIL, CALGARY JEWISH FEDERATION, JEWISH FEDERATION OF OTTAWA, JEWISH FEDERATION OF VICTORIA AND VANCOUVER ISLAND SOCIETY, JEWISH FEDERATION OF WINNIPEG INC., LONDON JEWISH FEDERATION, MONTREAL FEDERATION, TORONTO FEDERATION, UIAC, UIAC IN TRUST FOR THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF REGINA, UIAC IN TRUST FOR THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF SASKATOON, UIAC IN TRUST FOR RJCO (EXCLUDING LONDON AND WINDSOR), VANCOUVER FEDERATION, JEWISH FEDERATION OF WINDSOR
No government funding was received during the last completed financial year.
In-house Organization Contact Information
81 Metcalfe Suite 600
Ottawa, ON K1P 6K7
Lobbyists employed by the organization
- Dan-Michael Abécassis,
Director, Government Relations (Quebec) |
No public offices held
- David Cooper,
Vice President, Government Relations |
No public offices held
- SHIMON FOGEL,
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) |
No public offices held
- Sophie Helpard,
Associate Director, Government Relations (Ontario) |
No public offices held
- Richard Marceau,
Vice President, External Affairs and General Counsel |
Public offices held
- Martin Sampson,
Vice President, Communications and Marketing |
No public offices held
- Noah Shack,
Vice President, GTA |
No public offices held
- Nico Slobinsky,
Director, Pacific Region |
No public offices held
- Eta Yudin,
Vice President, Quebec |
No public offices held