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

Collective in Practice

Collective Impact in Practice

Learn how six Cities Reducing Poverty members across Canada are applying the five conditions of Collective Impact to their work in order to move the needle on poverty in their communities.

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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.

Alberta

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.

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Developing a Common Agenda for a Poverty Reduction Plan

This guide was developed to outline a proven, appreciative inquiry approach that Vibrant Communities – Cities Reducing Poverty has developed to collaboratively establish the foundations for a community-wide poverty reduction plan by developing a common agenda.

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Impact Reporting: From Activities to Outcomes

Tracking, counting, and reporting the number of volunteer hours spent on a program or project? It may be interesting data, but it’s likely not indicating whether your initiative is having its intended result or moving the needle on a complex issue like poverty.

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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.

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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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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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