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participate in pre-budget consultations

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The Government of Canada’s pre-budget consultations process invites Canadians to help the government make an informed decision on where the money should go. Use our step-by-step instructions to ensure that international development is a priority.

why participate

As a Canadian, you can and should have your say on how the federal budget is shaped. Being part of a democracy is not just about voting, it’s also about using your voice in-between elections by engaging your MP and government decision makers.

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You don’t have to be an expert to tell the government where you think money should be spent. Taking action is all you need to make your opinion heard.

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Get involved now because there is no set end-date for the pre-budget consultation! Consult Results Canada’s 2019 budget submission if you’d like some inspiration and reach out to fellow volunteers for support.

write an op-ed

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Write an op-ed to share your opinion on a newsworthy topic connected to our current campaign. Longer than an LTE, an op-ed allows you to go in-depth to educate, stimulate public debate or help shape policy. Use our step-by-step instructions to write your op-ed and get it published in the media.

why write an op-ed

Write an op-ed to share your knowledge, opinion and passion independently from the newspaper’s viewpoint. Use up to 750 words to make your voice heard by exploring our campaign issue in detail, presenting new insights and ideas, and challenging the status-quo.

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When an issue is dominating the news, that’s what readers want to read about and op-ed editors want to publish. Timing is essential!

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Unfortunately, you can’t eliminate extreme poverty with 750 words, so focus on making a single point clearly and persuasively.

write a letter to the editor (LTE)

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Write a letter to the editor (LTE) on topics related to current events in the media or something already in print. Be creative by finding a hook and connecting it to our current campaign. Use our step-by-step instructions to write your LTE and get it published in the media.

why write an LTE

Write a letter to the editor (LTE) if you want to make your opinion heard in a timely manner. You don’t need a lot of research, and your LTE can be brief and to-the-point - just 200-500 words! When time is of the essence, choose to write an LTE.

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You have a better chance at getting published if you keep it short and sweet (and don’t be afraid to be bold!)

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Politicians are in their jobs because of you! As Canadians, we have voted them into office to represent us. So they want to hear from you to learn what issues you feel are most important.

use your voice on social media

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Use social media if you want to get your opinion out quickly and frequently. Tag your Member of Parliament (MP) or Ministers to get immediate attention on our current campaign which can be amplified through retweeting and sharing. Use our step-by-step instructions or pre-filled Tweets and post something now!

why use social media

Social media is a quick and easy way to speak up and tell your Member of Parliament (MP) that you care about immunization and access to vaccines. Get public attention and let Canada know that they should continue to be a global leader.

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Twitter is a news-centric platform! 71% of users get their daily news from Twitter making it a great platform to share and spread your news.

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Politicians are people too! Don’t be afraid to use social media to reach out to them about the issues that are important to you. 94% of Canadians are on at least 1 social media platform so it makes sense for politicians to be active on social as well.

meet your Member of Parliament (MP)

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Meet your Member of Parliament (MP) to start (or strengthen) your relationship with them. Your MP works for you so be sure to plan ahead, get informed, and have a clear ask to discuss. Use our step-by-step instructions to prepare for your meeting.

why meet your MP

Meet with your Member of Parliament (MP) if you want to make your voice heard by sharing your personal thoughts and stories about why a particular issue is so meaningful to you. Building a one-on-one relationship with your MP is the most effective way to make your opinion known on Parliament Hill.

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Sending a personalized handwritten letter by mail is one of the most influential ways to get your MP’s attention - but nothing tops the effectiveness of an in-person meeting.

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Email us for MP insider tips that can make your meeting stand out, including the latest MP leave behind.

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“Vaccines help to protect children who grow up to be teachers… nurses… [and] leaders. And that in effect, is the world’s most precious resource.”

 - Bill Roedy, Gavi Envoy, former Vice Chair, Gavi Board

This month we are continuing our multi-month #VaccinesWork campaign. We are also celebrating International Development Week from February 2-8, and want to focus on the stories impact and how vaccines are making a real difference for people around the world. This means telling stories of change, like Gavi's work in fragile countries facing disease outbreaks, and stories of the people behind the fight to end polio, and the stories of survivors who have beaten life-threatening diseases. By connecting people with these stories it will help us generate the political will that we need to create change!

In order to tackle extreme poverty we need to make sure that every last child receives life-saving vaccines. With your help, we can ensure Canada remains a leader in global health by making strong financial commitments to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

Ask #1: Canada to pledge $215 million over 4 years to GPEI.

Ask #2: Canada to pledge $600 million over 5 years to Gavi.

About GPEI: Polio mainly affects children under 5 years of age. As long as a single child remains infected, children in all countries are at risk. It is a disease that can frequently lead to permanent paralysis and sometimes death. Thanks to GPEI, the number of polio cases around the world has dropped from approximately 350,000 a year in 1988 to 33 in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2018. If we act boldly now, we can eradicate polio from the globe in the next few years.

About Gavi: As a critically important vaccine provider to the world’s poorest countries, Gavi has vaccinated 690 million children since 2000. It is estimated that up to 3 million lives are saved every year because of these increases in childhood immunizations. Over the next 5 years, let’s ensure that Gavi can continue to provide 18 different kinds of vaccines (such as the HPV Vaccine, the world’s first cancer preventing vaccine) to over 300 million children.

Latest campaign wins

Learn more about immunizations and see our up-to-date campaign milestones. Find more resources here to help you take action.

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Lennor Stieda

Volunteer, Victoria (BC)

Lennor Stieda an engaged citizen from British Columbia has been a volunteer with Results Canada since 2000. Lennor speaks up for immunization and its crucial role:
"Vaccines are a way to eliminate social injustice and inequality. We live in a global society now. The fact that 19.4 million children do not receive the recommended immunizations by WHO should alert us all. We need to do more.”

Meet more of our immunization champions.



resources

See all our resources under your tools. #VaccinesWork action sheets can be found under education tools, about campaigns. For other past action sheets, email us.

Key dates

Feb 20:  World Social Justice Day

Feb 29: Last day for Results Canada's National Conference early bird registration

Hashtags

#Canadianaid

#Cdnpoli

#EndPolio

#VaccinesWork

#PolioFreeWorld

#GoForTheGoals

Keywords

Canadian aid

Global Polio Eradication Initiative

GPEI

Vaccines

Gavi

International Development Week

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