Media Advisory: Recession Relief Fund Declaration Goes National

    TORONTO, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - Since the launch on December 18, 2008, The
Recession Relief Fund Declaration has been endorsed by over 140 organizations
from Vancouver Island to Moncton.
    "The response from coast to coast indicates that agencies are feeling the
strain of the recession. Communities across Canada are facing the fall-out of
plant, factory, mill, and mine closures. Workers and families need the
essential services of food banks, drop-ins and shelters," stated John Andras,
Senior Vice President of Research Capital and Recession Relief Fund Coalition
member. "At the very time we need the agencies the most, they are being forced
to issue layoff notices."
    Donations from individuals, foundations and corporations are down for
most agencies. In some cases the decline in donations are 30% or more.
    "Many of the programs funded by HRSDC (Human Resource Social Development
Canada) are due to expire on March 31, 2009," claims Anne Carruthers, Manager
of the Toronto Drop-in Network. "Agencies relying on these funds have not been
told whether funding will be terminated, extended or increased. How can
agencies plan to meet the increased demand when they have no confirmation of
critical project funding?"

    The Recession Relief Fund Declaration calls on the Federal government to:

    -   Prevent federal spending cuts to public and private not for profit
        agencies serving vulnerable people.
    -   Increase funding to supplement funding lost from private sector
        sources (individuals, Foundations, corporations) and increase funding
        as required to meet increased demand for services
    -   Invest a portion of proposed infrastructure spending on social
        infrastructure by implementing a fully funded National Housing

    "This is a National crisis. We urge every agency, every business, every
individual across Canada to sign on to the Declaration," said Mr. Andras. "The
Federal Government as the Budget is being drawn up must be reminded of its
responsibility to the swelling numbers of Canadians in need."
    For the full text of the Declaration and a list of signatories please
refer to

For further information:

For further information: John Andras, Senior Vice President, Research
Capital, (416) 860-7640,; Anne Carruthers,
Manager, Toronto Drop-in Network, (416) 824-4172,

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