We are a democratic movement for international solidarity that supports partners in the Global South in the pursuit of alternatives to unjust social, political and economic structures.
Join us to educate Canadians about the causes of the impoverishment of peoples and to mobilize them to act for change. In the struggle for human dignity, we unite with social change groups in the North and the South.
As the official development organization of the Canadian Catholic Church, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is deeply rooted in the values of the Gospel, particularly the preferential option for the poor.
Speaking up for rights and protesting injustices are powers that we take for granted in Canada. In parts of the Global South, however, this can be dangerous. Communities are often threatened and criminalized for defending their rights to healthy land, air and water.
It is therefore crucial to amplify the voices of our sisters and brothers who are fighting to protect our common home. This is a Catholic imperative because, as Pope Francis writes,
a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.(Laudato Si’, 49)
After a five-year mandate as our executive director, Serge Langlois is moving on to new projects, leaving Development and Peace with healthier finances, a positive climate, an expert management team and improved relations with the union and with the bishops.
Generous support from Canadians is enabling Development and Peace ― Caritas Canada partners to help families suffering from domestic violence to mend and build their lives.
Quebec’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has won the Rayonnement international award for its International Climate Cooperation Program.
Generous support from Canadians helped Development and Peace ― Caritas Canada’s partners build houses that survived an earthquake in Haiti.
Development and Peace members in New Brunswick helped create and broadcast a documentary about our organization, its principles and its work.