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Justin Williams

Justin Williams
Justin is the Managing Assistant with Tamarack’s Vibrant Communities team. Before joining Tamarack, he worked in higher-education and student advocacy managing research and political affairs teams. Justin is passionate about the role of governance processes in promoting community, sustainability and poverty reduction.

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New Study Shows Canada Child Benefit Provides Additional Benefit for Food Security

Posted by Justin Williams on November 20, 2019

A new study in the Journal of Preventive Medicine from the University of Toronto finds that, since the introduction of the Canada Child Benefit (CCB), there is a 1/3 reduction in severe food insecurity for low-income families.

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The Success of Benefits Program Reflects the Importance of Tax Clinics

Posted by Justin Williams on March 6, 2019

The release of the Canadian Income Survey for 2017 came with a welcome piece of news for those working in poverty reduction: fewer Canadians and especially fewer children were living below the official poverty line and the low-income measure in 2017. In fact, Canada has already reached its 2020 target of a 20% reduction in poverty. While there is still significant work to be done to reach a 50% reduction in poverty by 2030, and to ultimately eliminate poverty, it is clear that the work being done by every level of government and by community-based roundtables is having an impact.

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Vibrant Communities Working to Involve Cities in “Opportunity for All”

Posted by Justin Williams on January 16, 2019

The Tamarack Institute’s Vibrant Communities (VC) is excited to be working to identify and illuminate ways that community-based organizations and cities can be active participants in “Opportunity for All - Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy.”

During the development of the strategy, the Cities Reducing Poverty network worked with Employment and Social Development Canada to support data collection and consultations. For example, Vibrant Communities and the Cities Reducing Poverty network partnered with Employment and Social Development Canada to host 33 community conversations from coast to coast. Cities Reducing Poverty members and the Tamarack Institute also submitted written submissions during the consultation period. We were excited to see the results of these consultations and their lessons in both the Federal What We Heard report and the strategy itself. 

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Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest: January 2019

Posted by Justin Williams on January 13, 2019

This is the January 2019 edition of the Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest, which aims to provide you with timely poverty-related policy updates and resources from across Canada.

Key highlights include the deadlines for provincial and federal consultations, applications for the Federal National Advisory Council on Poverty, and the City of Edmonton adopting a living wage policy.

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2019 Begins with New Developments in Poverty Reduction

Posted by Justin Williams on January 12, 2019

January 2019 is turning into an active time for poverty reduction in Canada at the Federal level. The Minister has been making announcements about the impact of new and ongoing government programs and deadlines for applications and submissions related to the national poverty reduction strategy are coming up.

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Tamarack's New Partnership with ESDC

Posted by Justin Williams on December 10, 2018

At the end of November, the Tamarack Institute was joined by local partners in Kitchener-Waterloo to announce our new 4-year, $2 million partnership with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). The event was hosted with the full Tamarack family with kind words from Marcus Shantz, the president of Conrad Grebel University College, and Karen Redman, the incoming chair of the Region of Waterloo. It was a great opportunity to reflect on our work and to hear from our Co-CEOs, Paul Born and Liz Weaver, about what this new partnership will mean for how Tamarack supports community leaders.

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