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CASE STUDY | Shifting From Needs to Assets in New Brunswick

Case Studies, Natasha Pei, Cities Reducing Poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy, New Brunswick

New Brunswick is Canada’s largest Maritime province by area; boasts a population of 760,000; and is Canada’s only officially bilingual province, with 30% of residents identifying French as a first language. It is known for its laid-back and friendly culture, strong sense of community, lush natural spaces, and large fishing and agricultural industries. With only three urban centres (Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton), it is also amongst Canada’s highest rural non-farm populations.

New Brunswick’s study highlights the benefits of a systemic shift from a needs-based framework to a strengths-focused, asset-based approach to poverty reduction. When governments align with, and resource, communities to identify the unique strengths and aspirations that exist in each unique community, building capacity to support the gaps, it creates a stronger foundation from which to foster prosperity for all.
Natasha Pei

By Natasha Pei

Natasha Pei brings online content to life and engages our members in the Vibrant Communities learning centre for poverty reduction. Natasha's involvement with Tamarack began with the Communities First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project, where she worked as a Research Assistant in the Poverty Reduction Hub, studying effective ways community-campus engagement can be undertaken to have real benefits for the community.

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