Strategic plan

Our priorities and strategies for growth
over the next 5 years 2023-2028

This strategic plan is built on the learnings from an extensive consultation process, including three rounds of progressive consultation within our movement, a survey of 97 partner and ally organizations, 11 sharing circles with 24 partners, and a year of discussions among the staff and national council.

By this method, we have started a process of discernment that will continue through this five-year plan to ensure that our foundations are updated and relevant, and to set ourselves up for success into the future.

We identified the following three fundamental priorities during the process:

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Priority 1: Be a dynamic movement

Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is not just an organization that supports international development, it is a movement of people living in solidarity who pursue, together, a more just world.

We must ensure that we create a space at our table for everyone who shares our vision and values, and that we are ready to join at others’ tables as well.

We need to be skilled to organize our work, and ensure the democratic nature is always a strong asset of our movement so that we can pursue our mission with passion, eficacy, and unity.

We must strengthen our collaboration with the Church in Canada and with civil society groups to ensure ongoing shared learning and strength in local and global justice movements.

  • We will increase the visibility of Development and Peace – Caritas Canada in the wider public to increase awareness of our approach and to invite others to join in our mission.

  • We will seek to better understand our reach and learn where we can grow and do better at making space at our table for all who wish to join us.
  • We will foster a culture of encounter, which transforms our hearts, and allows us to build community. We seek to ensure all feel welcome, valued, and empowered to grow and use their talents in pursuit of a more just world.

  • We will increase skills training and intentionally make space for the diversity of voices in our movement to participate in the democratic spaces of the movement.
  • We will strengthen our relationships with the dioceses of Canada and seek to work more collaboratively with the local churches in our pursuit of the dignity of all of God’s creation.

  • We will actively participate with civil society groups who are pursuing a more just world to learn, dialogue, and create relationship where our vision, values, and objectives align.


We strive to live in solidarity with those who are been impoverished, oppressed, and excluded by the historic and ongoing social, political, economic, and ecological systems.

We live this solidarity in three ways – by supporting partners who are organizing their communities in the pursuit of alternatives to unjust systems, by educating and mobilizing Canadians on the causes of poverty and solutions that support our partners, and by amplifying the call for justice to decision-makers who can implement laws, policies, practices, and standards that promote human dignity for all.

  • We will consolidate program frameworks that address our priority themes to focus our impact, share learnings and advancements, and ensure collaborative and wholistic approaches that provide for the flourishing of individuals and communities.

  • We will pursue relationships with our partners that seek to overcome the power imbalances created by unjust social, economic, political, and ecological systems, and allow mutual trust, learning and support to flourish in real solidarity.

  • We will improve our demonstrations of the impact of the projects we support to reinforce the eficacy of our approach, to increase awareness of alternative approaches, and to better invite others to join in this work.
  • We will seek to raise awareness among the Canadian population of the causes of poverty and how we can actively create change through campaigns, online presence, engagement with national and local media, and word of mouth.

  • We will mobilize as many Canadians as possible in actions that create a more just world through raising their voice, financially supporting partners, and engaging as active citizens.
  • We will use our prophetic voice to influence public discourse and governmental decisions by advocating for just social, political, economic, and ecological systems by strengthening our research base, advancing alternatives proposed by and with our partners, and ensuring that the voices mobilized in our campaigns are heard by decision makers who can make change.

  • We will engage with partners, networks, coalitions, and allies to raise our common call for justice, endorsing the work of others and participating in collaborative projects that advance dignity for all members of our human family.
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Inspiring confidence among our donors, institutional funders, and supports is essential to our institutional reputation.

Strengthening our organization’s capacity to serve our mission through financial growth will allow us to better plan long-term programmes, invite donor and members into active solidarity, and create stability through diverse sources of funding.

Inspiring our movement, attracting, and retaining talent to serve our mission, and ensuring cohesion and harmony as both a movement and an organization will allow us to grow our impact in pursuit of our mission.

  • We will increase institutional revenue through strengthening of our philanthropy strategy and capacities, to allow more profound engagement with those who support our mission in financial means and pursue an annually balanced budget.

  • We will diversify our funding sources and the way in which donors can engage with us to allow greater ease of participation in our mission for new sectors of the public and enhance the creative capacity of the organization in the pursuit of alternative solutions to unjust systems.
  • We will build on our learnings to ensure participatory processes in organization, seeking synodality, diversity, collaboration, and joy as we work towards our vision together.

  • We will ensure clear and open communication between the sectors of our movement, strengthening our instances of governance, our policies, and our practices to ensure our values are a constant guide in action in all aspects of our work.

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