About Grassroots Activism

ARPA Canada is a grassroots organization. Our job is not to do the work so you don’t have to. Rather our job is to produce material, and ideas and action items so that you, average Canadians get excited about standing up for the truth, and for the vulnerable in our society.

What Can I Do?

  1. Build a relationship with your representatives. Start by sending your MP a thank you note for their service. Then try getting a meeting or coffee. Keep the conversation going by email or phone call. Make it a goal to meet with your MP and MLA or MPP once a year.
  2. Be a leader for political action in your community. As much as possible, try to get your friends and church community in on this. Whether you have a local ARPA in your area or not, we need people who have the heart to call others to action.
  3. Spread the Calls to Action. ARPA Canada sends regular updates and calls to action through our email list, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram feeds. Engage and share!

Most importantly, be encouraged. God is giving us opportunities to shine.

Current Action Items:

Speak up for the equal treatment of Christian charities
Defend parental rights - speak up on Bill S-206
M-47 report needs to be reassessed
Help bring better palliative care to Ontario

Speak up for the equal treatment of Christian charities

The Canadian government spends millions of dollars each year on the Canada Summer Jobs initiative. This program allows employers to apply for wage subsidies to hire students. The program is open to both not-for-profits and businesses. The objective is to give students meaningful summer work experience and to support organizations that provide community services.

This year, when applying the employers will have to attest:

Both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

This government has attempted to create an ideological test for employers who seek to use this initiative. Given the context in which this change was made, the aim seems to be to prevent pro-life organizations, even if they are not pro-life advocates, to receive funding. Whether you like the program or think it should be cut, wouldn’t you agree that it should not be turned into a political tool in this way?

Action Items:

  1. Send an EasyMail letter here:
  2. Phone your MP here.
  3. Read more:

Defend Parental Rights – Speak Up on Bill S-206

Bill S-206, “An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children against standard child-rearing violence)”, will, if passed, remove a provision of the Criminal Code (section 43) that permits parents to use limited, minor physical force for disciplinary purposes.

Action Items:

  1. Send an EasyMail letter here:
  2. Read ARPA’s Policy Report on Corporal Discipline.
  3. Check out our video campaign here.

Motion 47 report needs to be reassessed

Parliament’s Health Committee has tabled its report on the public health effects of graphic online pornography. The Committee spent several months this spring hearing testimonies on the issue, after the House unanimously passed a motion introduced by MP Arnold Viersen calling for such a study. However, the report is a huge disappointment, as it got sidetracked on the issue of gender identity and sexual expression.

The only recommendation the committee made was to pass the job off to the provinces with more sexual education curriculum. The report entirely ignores the contribution of violent pornography to violence against women and the impact of constant exposure to such pornography on the psyche of the user, whether adult or child.

Action Items:

  1. Send an EasyMail letter here:
  2. Check out our video campaign here.
  3. Read ARPA’s Policy Report on Pornography.

Help bring better palliative care to Ontario

Member of Provincial Parliament Sam Oosterhoff reintroduced the Compassionate Care Act (Bill 3) in the Ontario legislature in March. Currently the bill has passed first reading.

The Compassionate Care Act is a step to ensure that palliative care is an option for more Ontarians. It requires the Minister of Health and Long-term Care to develop a provincial framework to identify the value of palliative care and what it will take to promote it as an option in Ontario’s health care system through education, training, research and facilitating access.

Action Items:

  1. Share your story of how hospice palliative care impacts your family.
  2. Tweet your MPP urging support of the Compassionate Care Act.
  3. Read ARPA’s Policy Report on Euthanasia.