The Centre for Israel and Jewish affairs

As the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA, CIJA is a national, non-partisan, organization dedicated to strengthening Jewish life in Canada by advancing the public policy interests of Canada’s organized Jewish community.

CIJA builds relationships with leaders in government, media, academia, civil society and other faith and ethnic communities to ensure greater understanding of the issues that impact the Jewish community. CIJA combats antisemitism and discrimination in all its forms and advocates for fundamental rights and freedoms, social justice, and support for the people of Israel.

  • Restitution for Holocaust Survivors

    CIJA launched a campaign to urge eastern European governments to provide long-overdue restitution for Holocaust Survivors, many of whom live in poverty and continue to be denied compensation for stolen property and assets. In addition to securing public support for this cause from Canada’s three largest federal parties, CIJA organized meetings in Ottawa of Survivors and community leaders with ambassadors from six countries, as part of an international effort that will continue in 2016.

  • Campus Advocacy

    CIJA's multi-pronged strategy for campus advocacy focuses on students, faculty and university administrators. CIJA provides strategic training, grants & materials for Hillels & Jewish students across Canada. This includes support for students to build relations with campus leaders, launch academic complaints, respond to security incidents, host innovative Israel-themed events, win student government campaigns, and counter anti-Israel slander.