Shipping & Marine Protection
Energy Efficient Buildings
Fossil Fuel Subsidies
Emissions Reductions Targets
Effects of Climate Change
Scientific Research & Exp. Dev
Renter & Home-Buyer Protections
Addiction & the Opioid Crisis
Mental Health Services
Miscarriages & Stillbirth
Youth Mental Health
The Blood Ban
Hate Crimes & Hate Speech
Indigenous & Black Incarceration
Trans Health & Access
Racism & Discrimination
LGBTQ2 Rights & Opportunities
Aging in Place
Health & Security
Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls
Treaties & Land Claims
People with Disabilities
Food & Nutrition
Police Accountability & Reform
Harmful Online Content
Justice & Prisons
Rural & Northern Services
Calvin Neufeld is a Perth-based researcher, activist, educator, husband and father. An avid environmentalist, he is the founder of Evolve Our Prison Farms, campaigning for sustainable and therapeutic agricultural programming in Canadian prisons. Prior to the pandemic, Calvin served as the coordinator of Kingston VegFest, and he is well known for his work as a speaker to schools and community groups throughout Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston.
His experiences as a transgender man have shaped his life and his dedication to making life better. He has learned to balance his traditional Mennonite values of simple living, hard work, pacifism and community service, with his progressive values of celebrating diversity and fighting for human, animal, and climate justice. These are the values that attracted him to the Green Party of Canada.
Calvin’s personal and professional experiences have been diverse. He was born and raised in Montreal and is fluently bilingual. In his younger days, he travelled to Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia. Locally, Calvin lived in Kingston, Yarker, Sydenham and Godfrey before settling in Perth twelve years ago.
Calvin studied philosophy at McGill where he met his wife Sharon, a Kindergarten teacher. They have been married for fourteen years and are the proud parents of an eight-year-old son.
Calvin has worked in various roles as an editor, writer, legal researcher, and environmental consultant. He is politically experienced, having spent five years investigating and exposing Canada’s prison farm scandal in collaboration with academics, lawyers, MPs and Senators.
At home, Calvin is a passionate chef, gardener, and music maker. He volunteers playing piano at a local elementary school and a retirement residence, and continues to be a resource to schools, agencies, and individuals in need of support. He is a dedicated changemaker motivated by a politics of truth, integrity, and possibility.
Reason for running
For over a decade I’ve lived and worked with a single goal: making life better. I’ve spoken to thousands of students at dozens of schools throughout Lanark Frontenac Kingston sharing my story and giving talks about diversity, mental health and bullying, wearing my signature T-shirt with the words “I don’t care.”
I always tell students that the only thing I care about is making life better. Everything else, I don’t care. My life journey has driven me to help every vulnerable person, every vulnerable animal, and our vulnerable Mother Earth. It has brought me into farmed animal sanctuaries. It has brought me (visiting) into federal prisons.
Now the journey invites me into the Green Party of Canada at a time when the wellbeing of every person, animal, and plant is under threat from the climate crisis.
If my voice, my experience, and my passion can help, I give these freely with all my heart. That’s why I decided to run.