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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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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Sustainability and Resilience in Community Collaboratives

What do sustainability and resilience mean to us?

At Tamarack, we believe that sustainability is about more than maintenance and longevity. It is a combination of many factors including leadership, funding, community...

Poverty reduction and the social determinants of health in Alberni-Clayoquot

Alberni Clayoquot Health Network is a community-driven mechanism that speaks with a collective voice on regional and local health issues; builds partnerships and capacity; shares concerns, ideas and resources; and creates...

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.



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 | Transforming Systems for Continued Poverty Reduction Success

This webinar recording features a conversation with Scott MacAfee, Chair of the National Advisory Council on Poverty.

WEBINAR | Bankability / Payday Lending

This event took place in English.

Lacking access to safe and affordable credit from mainstream financial institutions, many low-income individuals resort to payday and other short-term loans to meet their financial needs....

WEBINAR | Getting Equity on the Political Agenda: Strategies at the Local Level

This webinar recording featured a conversation about what local roundtables and equity-seeking groups are doing to get their voices heard and bring equity and social justice to the forefront as part of the democratic process.


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