Building a world of justice

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.

People and Planet First

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)

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Our work by continents
  • Middle-East 28%
  • Africa 25%
  • Asia 28%
  • South-America 22%
Our work by themes
  • Democracy and citizen particip. 46%
  • Ecological justice 35%
  • Peace and reconciliation 8%
  • Justice for women 9%
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A schooling in solidarity

Published on 2021 - 10 - 13

Development and Peace’s Schools Program is helping young people understand, question and resist the unjust global systems that perpetuate poverty and inequity.


Security, dignity, self-determination: empowering Rohingya refugee women in Bangladesh

Published on 2021 - 09 - 22

Caritas Bangladesh is putting Rohingya women in charge of designing, building and maintaining their families’ shelters in the refugee camps of Bangladesh.


Walls broke, wills did not: an update from Haiti

Published on 2021 - 09 - 08

Haiti’s Civil Protection Directorate reports that the quake has claimed over 2,200 lives, injured more than 12,250 people and destroyed or damaged nearly 130,000 houses. UNICEF also notes that scores of water supply and healthcare facilities and hundreds of schools have been damaged.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that about 800,000 people need vital relief assistance and that there is a heightened the risk of another wave of COVID-19 infections. This has prompted the UN to issue an emergency appeal for US $187.3 million.


Haiti needs our support

Published on 2021 - 08 - 16

At 8:29 a.m. on Saturday, August 14, 2021, a powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Haiti’s Tiburon Peninsula, about 150 kilometres west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Much of the damage occurred in the towns of Jérémie and Les Cayes. The force of the earthquake was felt across most of the country, particularly in the West Department.

Security, dignity, self-determination: empowering Rohingya refugee women in Bangladesh

Caritas Bangladesh is putting Rohingya women in charge of designing, building and maintaining their families’ shelters in the refugee camps of Bangladesh.

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