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Day of Action 2016

On May 17th, EWB youth leaders from across the country will converge in Ottawa for our largest Day of Action ever, where we will attend a policy and advocacy bootcamp and engage directly with Parliamentarians and Civil Servants.

The Day of Action focuses on equipping EWBers with the necessary skills to be active citizens in our democratic process and putting those skills into action by meeting with MPs across all Parties on Parliament Hill. We will meet with Members of Parliament (MPs), attend Parliamentary Committee meetings, including the Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) committee, and attend Question Period at the House of Commons.

We are also holding a Parliamentary Reception, co-hosted by Parliamentary Secretary Karina Gould, Hon. Deepak Obhrai and Mr. Robert Aubin. The reception, "Youth Leadership and Innovation: Tackling the Sustainable Development Goals Together", is an opportunity to share the leadership journeys of members of the EWB community through Junior Fellowship and Chapter experiences.

What are we advocating for?

This year our Day of Action will push for two things that Canada can do to meaningfully contribute to poverty eradication:

  1. The creation and operationalization of a world-class Canadian DFI and

  2. Broad based support for Canada’s role in global poverty eradication and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure that Canada is doing its fair share by matching ambitious rhetoric with concrete commitments to programming and funding.

Why do we hold a Day of Action?

Over the past few years, EWB has held a Day of Action in Ottawa where we gather as many of our community members as possible and meet with federal MPs from all parties to push them to improve Canada's international development agenda.

In 2014, EWB led a successful Day of Action where we met with 58 MPs and had internal conversations with DFATD about creating a DFI for Canada. Needless to say, we were thrilled when the government committed to piloting a DFI in the 2015 Federal Budget.

If you’d like to join us and contribute to our advocacy work in the future, consider joining one of our chapters.  


Official Development Assistance for the Win #ODAFTW

Ahead of the 2016 Federal Budget, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau is asking Canadians across the country what should be included in the Liberal Government’s first budget. We believe that Canada has an opportunity to match its Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding to its ambitions along with the priorities set out in the ministerial mandate letters.

Taking action can be done in 3 steps:

First, tell Minister Morneau that Canada’s Official Development Assistance matters to you. Send your submission to fin.2016pbc-cpb2016.fin@canada.ca

 

Use the text below to copy into your email:

Topic: Pre-budget consultation submission for Budget 2016

Dear Minister Bill Morneau, P.C., M.P.:

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the pre-budget consultations.

During the election campaign you participated in an Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) campaign asking for Members of our 42nd Parliament to show leadership in poverty eradication, and I am heartened by your government’s commitments to tackling inequality, climate change and ensuring that our development assistance focuses on the poorest and most vulnerable people, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. These are important issues to me, and I believe they are important to Canada.

Canada has fallen behind our international partners on foreign aid spending. In 2014 Canada’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) dropped to historic lows spending just 0.24% of Gross National Income compared to 0.30% spent by our OECD partners.

In your upcoming budget, I wish to ask that Canada commit to predictable, annual increases in our funding to ODA. Canada should commit to spending at least as much as the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donor average, and to surpass recent funding levels of 0.34% of GNI before the end of the 42nd Parliament. This will enable Canada to be on track to meeting the United Nations’ target of committing 0.7% of GNI, and can assist in Canada’s ambition to fulfill the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Sincerely,

[Your name here]

 

Second, send a tweet to show your support for increased ODA:

  1. .@Bill_Morneau ensure we increase foreign assistance funding to achieve @GlobalGoalsUN results & @mclaudebibeau Ministerial mandate #PBC16
  2. Canada can show leadership by matching foreign aid funding of other  countries by increasing ODA in   
  3. I asked  to increase Canada's  funding in  at    

French Tweets:

  1. .@Bill_Morneau Accroître le budget d’aide pour atteindre les résultats de @GlobalGoalsUN et le mandat de la ministre@mclaudebibeau #PBC16
  2. Le Canada se démarquerait en versant autant d’aide que d’autres pays de @OECDet en haussant l’APD dans #Budget2016 @Bill_Morneau #ODAFTW
  3. J’ai demandé@Bill_Morneau d’accroître le financement du #globaldev dans le #Budget2016 à Budget.gc.ca @mclaudebibeau #PBC16 #ODAFTW

 

Finally, set up a meeting with your local MP during the week of Feb 8th-12th. Have a look at our talking points and our brief to help you prepare for your meeting.

Download These Resources to Take Action:

Talking Points for Meetings with Members of Parliament

Brief to Leave Behind with Members of Parliament

Invitation Email for Meeting Members of Parliament

Phone Script for Members of Parliament

Follow Up Email For Meeting Members of Parliament

Follow Up Email For Phone Calls

French Materials:

Talking Points for Meetings with Members of Parliament [FR]

Brief to Leave Behind with Members of Parliament [FR]

Invitation Email for Meeting Members of Parliament [FR]

Phone Script for Members of Parliament [FR]

Follow Up Email For Meeting Members of Parliament [FR]

Follow Up Email For Phone Calls [FR]