Cities Reducing Poverty
Cities Reducing Poverty is a collective impact movement aimed at reducing poverty for 1 million Canadians through the efforts of local multi-sector roundtables and the alignment of poverty reduction strategies at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.
In 2002, Tamarack, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and Caledon Institute of Social Policy created an action-learning experiment called Vibrant Communities Canada and worked with 13 cities to test if a place-based approach could move the needle on poverty. Their collective impact over ten years was significant with a number of cities reporting a 10% local reduction in poverty and an overall impact of the project on 202,931 low income Canadians.
Building on the success of Vibrant Communities, a movement called Cities Reducing Poverty emerged in 2012 and more and more cities have flocked to join this learning network year after year.
Members of Cities Reducing Poverty tackle poverty using a place-based, multi-sector community roundtable approach, and develop local strategies to address different facets of poverty, such as access to affordable transit, living wages, affordable housing, evidence-based social assistance, and more.
When citizens are marginalized because of poverty, our communities and cities suffer. We believe that through collective learning and action, the work of Cities Reducing Poverty will result in a more equitable, vibrant and healthier Canada.