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Disruptive Times Require Skilled Changemakers

Posted by Liz Weaver in February 2019

In this paper, Liz Weaver describes three elements that every changemaker needs when approaching complex challenges - a mindset shift, an agile and adaptable approach, and knowledge and skills in each of the five interconnected practice areas.

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Lessons from PEI's Poverty Reduction Plan

Posted by Natasha Pei on April 11, 2019
The Government of Prince Edward Island launched a poverty reduction action plan for all Islanders last November. The action plan makes important commitments such as:
  • Developing a Poverty Reduction Act and identifying responsible parties
  • Monitoring key indicators such as the number of Islanders experiencing poverty and attachment to employment to measure progress
  • Convening a poverty reduction council comprised of community and government leaders
  • Large increases to social assistance rates
  • A new 211 help line for individuals and practitioners to find available services
  • And more
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Ending Chronic Homelessness in Kawartha and Haliburton

Significant progress has been made in the City of Kawartha and County of Haliburton in ending chronic homelessness. A new report shows that to date, they have reduced chronic homelessness by 51%.

Housing and Homelessness is a key priority of Kawartha-Haliburton’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. The poverty reduction effort is a joint initiative between the City of Kawartha and County of Haliburton, and is comprised of:

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The Success of Benefits Program Reflects the Importance of Tax Clinics

Posted by Justin Williams on March 6, 2019

The release of the Canadian Income Survey for 2017 came with a welcome piece of news for those working in poverty reduction: fewer Canadians and especially fewer children were living below the official poverty line and the low-income measure in 2017. In fact, Canada has already reached its 2020 target of a 20% reduction in poverty. While there is still significant work to be done to reach a 50% reduction in poverty by 2030, and to ultimately eliminate poverty, it is clear that the work being done by every level of government and by community-based roundtables is having an impact.

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Balancing Doing the Work Fast and Doing the Work Right

Posted by Hannah MacDonald on February 7, 2019
Relentless incrementalism is the key to social change. There are many
external influences that, despite how hard we work, will push progress back or catapult it forward. Particularly, the social, economic, and political climate significantly shape the ebb and flow of our work. Making social change sustainable, first requires investing in widespread community engagement to raise awareness of unique local issues and to involve everyone in the solutions.
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Taking on My New Role With Vibrant Communities

Posted by Elle Richards on January 28, 2019
I am excited to be joining the Vibrant Communities Team as Manager of Cities Reducing Poverty. As I am being introduced to our membership, I can’t help but be impressed with the dedicated collaborations happening in communities all over Canada. We are at a time where poverty is finally being recognized by a broader sector as a primary determinant of health and predictor of quality of life.
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Vibrant Communities Working to Involve Cities in “Opportunity for All”

Posted by Justin Williams on January 16, 2019

The Tamarack Institute’s Vibrant Communities (VC) is excited to be working to identify and illuminate ways that community-based organizations and cities can be active participants in “Opportunity for All - Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy.”

During the development of the strategy, the Cities Reducing Poverty network worked with Employment and Social Development Canada to support data collection and consultations. For example, Vibrant Communities and the Cities Reducing Poverty network partnered with Employment and Social Development Canada to host 33 community conversations from coast to coast. Cities Reducing Poverty members and the Tamarack Institute also submitted written submissions during the consultation period. We were excited to see the results of these consultations and their lessons in both the Federal What We Heard report and the strategy itself. 

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