ISARC
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.

Raise The rates interfaith fast

November 14 - 18 2022

We invite you to join us for an intentional time of prayer and fasting between Monday, November 14 and Friday, November 18. Justice, equity, and compassion are at the heart of many faiths, and it’s important for us as an interfaith community to support our most vulnerable neighbours who are surviving on inadequate social assistance supports. 

There are several ways to participate. Click here to read the complete guidelines for participation

Annual Religious Leaders Forum

November 23 2022, 9:30am - 12:30pm

We invite you to join us for this live interactive online event, where we will explore the ways in which faith communities can advocate for social assistance supports in Ontario. Join us for a presentation from keynote speaker Devorah Kobluk – Senior Policy Analyst for ISAC (Income Security Advocacy Centre). Hear from participants of our Raise the Rates Interfaith Fast, and add your voice to this meaningful conversation.

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

RAISE THE RATES Interfaith Fast 2022:
Join us for an intentional time of prayer and fasting between Monday, November 14 and Friday, November 18 in support of our most vulnerable neighbours who are surviving on inadequate social assistance supports. 

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.

Resources

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

coordinator@isarc.ca

MAKE A DONATION
Send your cheque to:

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