Communities Ending Poverty



Communities Ending Poverty has contributed to poverty being reduced for 1 million Canadians

Communities Ending Poverty is a powerful collective impact movement comprised of 330 municipalities and represented by 80 regional roundtables. We have learned that to end 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 CEP team is here to support you, learn more about members of the team; Alison Homer, Natasha Pei and Jill Zacharias. Feel free to connect with any of them.

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Opportunities for Members


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Communities Ending Poverty Virtual Member Gathering

October 19, 2022

This virtual event will bring Communities Ending Poverty members together to reconnect with each other, celebrate successes, and share aspirations. We will brainstorm the many ways that Tamarack and member communities can work together to shift policy and systems and build equity and resilience as we work collaboratively toward the End of Poverty in Canada.

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Communities of Practice

The Communities Ending Poverty Communities of Practice are monthly digital meet-ups comprising a group of peers committed to sharing and learning from one another to accelerate their work to end poverty in Canada.

We host CoPs 

  • Communities Ending Poverty All-Convenor
  • Municipal Government Officials
  • Rural Ontario
  • Ending Working Poverty Series
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia – Learn more here
  • Living Wage
  • Atlantic Canada Basic Income

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The End of Poverty Series

The End of Poverty: Eight Pathways That Are Ending Poverty in Canada
Ending Poverty Pathways Podcast Series
Ending Poverty Pathways Online Course

Upcoming Events

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Impact reporting

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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ARTICLE | Communities Ending Poverty: 2021 Progress & COVID-19 Update

ARTICLE | Communities Ending Poverty: 2021 Progress & COVID-19 Update

Due  to members’ efforts being reprioritized from evaluation and reporting to emergency response, this second annual Communities Ending Poverty Impact Report serves as a COVID-19 update as opposed to a full impact report.

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Engaging Lived Experience

10 – Engaging People with Lived/Living Experience

Informed by the 10 Lived/Living Experience Advisory Committee, this guide highlights leading practices that inspire 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

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.

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Nelson at its Best drives successful poverty reduction strategy implementation

Following the launch of their poverty reduction strategy in 2021, Nelson at its Best (NAIB) is leading successful implementation through targeted collaboration with community partners.

Putting Knowledge into Action in a (Post)-COVID World

This blog post is the second in a two-part series of posts by Jim Cresswell, PhD, in relation to the COVID 19 and the Newly Vulnerable initiative. Click here to see the first post in this series.

Rethinking capacity as a way to empower those living with poverty

This blog post is the first in a two-part series of posts by Jim Cresswell, PhD, in relation to the COVID 19 and the Newly Vulnerable initiative. Click here to see the second post in this series.



CASE STUDY | District of Tofino Provides Innovative Solution to Local Child Care Shortage

Faced with a critical shortage of child care, the District of Tofino, British Columbia, broke new ground by offering direct incentives for early childhood educators (ECEs) and ECE assistants.

ARTICLE | Communities Ending Poverty: 2021 Progress & COVID-19 Update

When the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020, the Tamarack Institute had been celebrating Canada achieving the lowest level of poverty in the country’s history. It had seemed like the end of...

CASE STUDY | Edmonton’s social procurement policy increases economic opportunity for all

This case study explores the process by which EndPovertyEdmonton is helping to integrate social procurement into how the community does business.


Webinar Recordings:

WEBINAR | Youth Leading on Issues that Matter to Them: Climate, Poverty and Affordability

This webinar took place in English with simultaneous French interpretation. Click here to access the French version.

In this webinar recording, a panel of young national researchers and advocates discussed what they and...

WEBINAR | Navigating the Community Data Program

This webinar featured an overview of the Community Data Program (CDP) and related consortium; highlighted available data sets; and demonstrated how to navigate, download and use other CDP resources.


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WEBINAR | Decent Work and the Labour Crunch: Attracting and Retaining Employees

This webinar recording features business owner Devinder Chaudhary, who spoke about how adopting a Living Wage model and decent work policies have helped him to attract and retain great employees.



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