Faith Communities in Action
Against Poverty

The Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC) is a non-partisan provincial network of faith groups working together for greater social justice and to eliminate poverty in Ontario through education, advocacy and work with low-income people. ISARC was born out of the hope that faith groups working together can contribute to new public policies based upon greater justice and dignity for Ontarians marginalized by poverty. We work with faith communities, other social justice partners and with government and politicians from all parties.

2022 Ontario Election Backgrounders

During the past two years of pandemic response, many issues of equality, adequacy and human dignity were sidelined. Yet, the dire effects of the pandemic served to further expose and enlarge the gaps in our social safety net.

Our backgrounders speak to Affordable Housing, Income Security, Worker Justice and Long Term Care.

Please use them to encourage civic discussion with neighbours and friends, raise questions with candidates, and inform your participation in community all-candidate events… read more

Click here to access the backgrounders for free as a PDF

our Values

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Human Dignity

The right of all people and their communities to be treated with justice, love, compassion, and respect, and their responsibility to treat others likewise. 

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Social Equity

The right of all people to adequate access to basic resources, to full participation in the life and decision-making of their communities.

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Mutual Responsibility

The obligation of communities to care and share with their people, ensuring that basic needs are met.

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Fiscal Fairness

The right of all people, communities, and institutions to fair fiscal treatment and the responsibility of all to contribute fairly for the well-being of all.

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Ecological Sustainability

The obligation of communities to practice responsible stewardship of the earth and its environment, so that creation might be preserved for generations to come.

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Economic Equity

The right of all people and communities to adequate access to the resources necessary for full lives, including access to worthwhile work, fair employment considerations, and our communal responsibilities to use such resources responsibly.

Latest news

ISARC Submits 2022 Ontario Pre-Buget Submission:
Read ISARC’s recommendations to the Ontario government ahead of the 2022 provincial budget.

SUMMARY REPORT: ISARC Religious Leaders Forum 2021 
Read about our latest forum “Housing: The Key to Health”. Article written by long-standing ISARC Executive member, Elin Goulden.


Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition 
Tel: (647) 450-5203

Send your cheque to:

c/o United Church of Canada – Mission Through Finance 
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200 
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4