Vibrant Communities

Cities Reducing Poverty

Cities Reducing Poverty is a collective impact movement aimed at reducing poverty for 1-million Canadians. 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% reduction in poverty and an overall impact for 202,931 low-income Canadians.

In 2012, Tamarack created a national movement called Cities Reducing Poverty to allow more cities to learn from one another and scale their impact. Simply stated, membership in Cities Reducing Poverty is organized to make the work of municipalities and local poverty reduction roundtables easier and more effective. As a movement, Cities Reducing Poverty also aims to align poverty reduction strategies at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.


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What Our Members Are Doing


Alberta Proves that Yes We Can Reduce Poverty

Alberta has experienced one of the most dramatic reductions in poverty on record. Over two years, poverty was reduced for more than 55,000 Albertans. The province’s child poverty rate dropped by 50%, from 10% to 5%, making it the lowest in Canada.


Toronto's Lived Experience Advisory Group Advising on a Municipal Strategy

Learn how the LEAG successfully balances the voices of lived/living experience with staff accountability, while providing an avenue for individuals with lived/living experience to participate in city processes.

Moon Phases

Four Phases of Poverty Reduction in Saint John

Learn how Saint John, New Brunswick’s journeyed through each phase of progress, with the goal of providing other collaboratives with a sense of how the work can unfold, including which challenges may be encountered along the way. 

Helpful Resources


 Foundations for Building a Common Agenda

A commonly expressed challenge within the Cities Reducing Poverty learning community is how to get to a common agenda for collective impact. This guide will support communities with milestones and resources that can help lay foundations for developing a community-wide common agenda.

Poverty Reduction Timeline Tool

Developing Poverty Reduction Strategy Timelines

This tool provides a compilation of Cities Reducing Poverty members’ anticipated vs. actual timeframes for developing their community-wide poverty reduction strategies. Review the areas of work that tend to bubble up, gain advice from the lead organizers, and readjust your own work plan.


 A Collection Of Poverty Reduction Strategies

This collection of poverty reduction strategies provides a glimpse into the work of eight Cities Reducing Poverty members. It shines a spotlight on some of the poverty reduction efforts across Canada in diverse geographies and cities of different sizes. 


A Guide for Engaging People With Lived/Living Experience

Informed by the 10 Lived/Living Experience Advisory Committee, this guide was written to support poverty-reduction groups to meaningfully engage people with lived/living experience. It celebrates the potential that can be unlocked when these individuals are included and empowered to drive antipoverty work.

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Living Wage

This Community of Practice focuses on case studies, tools and techniques that members of collaborations use to research, analyze and affect living wages and employer human resource practices.

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Municipal Government for Poverty Reduction

This Community of Practice is for municipal or regional government staff who are responsible for, or directly involved in, poverty reduction efforts in their official governmental capacity.

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Provincial/Territorial Government for Poverty Reduction

This Community of Practice is for government representatives of all provinces and territories who are responsible for, or directly involved in, poverty reduction efforts in their official capacity.

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BC Communities Reducing Poverty

This Community of Practice is a committed group of individuals with a common desire to learn from each other, to enable professional self- development, and to build capacities of their local poverty reduction initiatives. 

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CRP Map 2019-1Vibrant Communities City Convenor

This Community of Practice is for individuals who belong to the Vibrant Communities Canada - Cities Reducing Poverty network to share ideas and information about their local poverty reduction efforts.

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Collective Impact: Leading Theory to Action

Nov 5-7 | Edmonton, AB

This 2.5-day workshop is designed to build your capacity to mobilize, launch and sustain Collective Impact Initiatives by providing you with theory, resources and opportunities to practice with – and learn from – your peers.  

Build Your Collective Impact Capacity