UJA has developed a highly effective Jewish and Israel advocacy plan at the federal, provincial, and local levels. We ensure that Jewish Toronto has a voice and is respected by decision makers, inside and outside of government. Whether it's Canada's relationship with Israel on Parliament Hill, the seniors' agenda at Queen's Park, or anti-Israel activities on campus, we take action on the community's behalf.
CIJA serves as the organized Jewish community’s central address for advocacy advice, support, and strategic resources aimed at improving the quality of Jewish life in Canada and abroad, increasing support for Israel, and strengthening the Canada-Israel relationship.
It is the only registered lobbyist for Canada’s Jewish community
It is the only organization to bring hundreds of Canadian influencers to Israel annually.
It focuses on communication with non-Jewish Canadians in key positions in government, media, academia, and civil society.
It issues action alerts to mobilize the Jewish and pro-Israel communities to make our collective voice heard with key government officials about breaking developments and major policy decisions.
It is the only Canadian Jewish organization to have a multipronged strategy for campus advocacy, focusing on students, faculty, and administrators. This year, CIJA supported $150,000 worth of advocacy programming and distributed 20,000 pro- Israel products on campuses nationwide through our campus partners at Hillel.
It works closely with Hillel to build working relationships with student unions and to support moderate candidates. In 2016, there were 7 successful anti-BDS initiatives on campuses nationwide.
It operates an international BUYcott campaign, empowering activists to support Israel through their purchases.
It provides multiple, timely, effective workshops in advocacy training. Subjects include media training, crisis communications, online advocacy and strategic messaging for Israel.
It works closely with ethnic and faith community leaders and Jewish community members on projects and programming of shared interest.
In partnership with Federations and Hillel Ontario, CIJA launched a successful campaign in 2016 that mobilized more than 12 thousand Ontarians to contact their MPP in support of an anti-BDS motion at the Ontario Legislature.
Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA is the national organization of Jewish Federations that responds to the needs of Jews across the globe, with offices in Jerusalem and Toronto. Nationally, it serves Jewish federated and non-federated communities with programs and services. In Israel, it is responsible for transforming campaign contributions into social welfare and educational programs. The fundamental themes guiding the organization are: connecting Canadian Jews in ALL size communities to each other, to Israel and World Jewry; strengthening Jewish identity and Israel engagement in the next generation; financial resource development and leadership development.
CIJA’s work is funded by the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA. Every gift – regardless of size – makes a difference in building a secure future for our community.
Amount Spent on Behalf of Israel and the Jewish People
Support Given to Campus Chapters Nation Wide
Mobilized in Support of Anti-BDS Legislation in 2016