Cities Reducing Poverty



Cities Reducing Poverty has contributed to poverty being reduced for 1 million Canadians

Cities Reducing Poverty (CRP) is a powerful collective impact movement comprised of 330 municipalities and represented by 80 regional roundtables. We have learned that to reduce poverty, it takes the whole community and our entire country working together. Our members ensure that all sectors are brought to the table, harness the assets of their communities and drive long-term change as they develop and implement plans to reduce poverty in their communities. Between 2015 and 2018, we contributed to poverty being reduced for more than 1 million Canadians.

The CRP team is here to support you, learn more about members of the team; Alison Homer, Natasha Pei, Elle Richards and Jill Zacharias. Feel free to connect with any of them.


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The End of Poverty 

May 5-6, 2021

We are at a unique moment in history in which cities, provinces/territories and our federal government are all converging with independent, yet interrelated, poverty reduction strategies. Join us virtually on May 5-6, as we gather live from Calgary with Mayor Naheed Nenshi. This event will feature inspiring keynotes, and engaging panels and workshops. It will bring together government, business, community and lived/living experience leaders from across Canada to explore proven and impactful pathways to ending poverty. We invite you to be part of this monumental discussion, as we co-create a vision to end poverty for all Canadians.

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Cities Reducing Poverty Five-Year Impact Report

Between 2015 and 2020, Canada's national poverty rate dropped to the lowest in recorded history. Learn about how CRP contributed to the unprecedented reduction of poverty for more than 1 million Canadians through a system of exceptional programs and supports that work across all sectors and all levels of government.

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Cities Reducing Poverty: 2020 Impact Report

This report captures some of the important ways in which member CRP collaboratives are contributing to national trends in poverty reduction. It demonstrates how collaborative, multi-sectoral local roundtables with comprehensive plans contribute to poverty reduction, and spotlights high-impact initiatives that are demonstrating promising results.

Engaging Lived Experience

10 – Engaging People with Lived/Living Experience

Informed by the 10 Lived/Living Experience Advisory Committee, this guide highlights leading practices, inspires new thinking, and celebrates the potential that can be unlocked when these individuals are empowered to drive antipoverty work. It includes 10 ideas, stories, and resources, and recommends 10 ways to get started.

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Cities Reducing Poverty: Responding to COVID-19

Through 60 stories of innovation and resilience, this report provides a point-in-time snapshot of the innovative ways that CRP member communities are responding to COVID-19. It was written to provide members with fresh ideas and insights that they can use to build resilience and strengthen their own responses.


Improving self-sufficiency for families in Worcester County, Massachusetts

How can people experiencing homelessness be supported to get back on their feet? One example from a Cities Reducing Poverty member, in the county of Massachusetts, USA, demonstrates the value of believing in and investing...

NWT Releases its first-ever Poverty Report Card

In December, Alternatives North, a social justice coalition in the Northwest Territories (NWT) released its first-ever Poverty Report Card, as a partner in Campaign 2000. Alternatives North works with No Place for Poverty...

Williams Lake releases poverty reduction strategy mid-pandemic

Three years ago, when the Williams Lake Social Planning Council made a commitment to complete a poverty reduction strategy for the region a global pandemic was not on the horizon. Now, as communities across the country...



CASE STUDY | Leeds & Grenville Reduces Poverty Through Tax Filing

Helping people file their taxes is a very impactful poverty reduction action at the community-level. Tax credits and benefits can put lump sum, annual, quarterly, and monthly income into the hands of people living on...

BOOK | 10 - A Guide for a Community-Based COVID Recovery

Authored by Lisa Attygalle, Director of Community Engagement, and Paul Born, President of Tamarack Institute, 10 – A Guide for a Community-Based COVID Recovery explores both why and how cities and communities have become...

PUBLICATION | 2015-2020 Cities Reducing Poverty Five-Year Impact

Founded in 2002, Cities Reducing Poverty (CRP) has grown to support more than 330 municipalities represented by 80 regional roundtables that develop and implement plans to reduce poverty in their communities. CRP is a...



WEBINAR | How Basic Income Can Drive Economic Recovery, Jobs, and Poverty Reduction

A new report, Potential Economic Impacts and Reach of Basic Income Programs, finds that Basic Income could be both a wide-reaching poverty reduction strategy as well as a new framework for economic prosperity for Canadians...

WEBINAR | Cities Developing Community-Based COVID-19 Recovery

The impacts of COVID-19 have been profound. Communities have had to deal with incredible loss, businesses have suffered, children and families have struggle through a compromised education system, and our sense of well-being...

WEBINAR | Communities Mobilizing to Build Youth Futures

Youth are the future of our communities. The more we can support them to be successful, the more we are helping our communities to be prosperous.


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