Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest: November 2019

Posted on November 16, 2019
By Elle Richards


Welcome to the November 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.

I've tried my best to include the most recent policy highlights. If there are others that I may have missed please feel free to send me an email at

Here are some of our November policy highlights: 

National Policy Updates: 

Updates by Province and Territory: 


British Columbia: 


  • The conservatives shift into high gear away from radical incrementalism and progressive change to regressive incrementalism and more sweeping, negative reforms 
  • The Canadian Community Economic Development Network unveils Public Policy Road Map for Manitoba 

New Brunswick: 

  • The Financial and Consumer Services Commission launches financial wellness challenge as part of Financial Literacy Month  

Newfoundland and Labrador: 

Nova Scotia: 

Northwest Territories: 



Prince Edward Island: 


  • Province promotes community initiatives making Quebec a more inclusive and caring society during Solidarity Week  
  • Increases to child care exemption rates will help make child care more affordable for 5,600 low income families 


  • Premier releases Saskatchewan's Growth Plan: the next Decade of growth 2020-2030, a roadmap for a strong economy, strong communities and strong families 
  • Saskatchewan farmers feel the effect of carbon tax after wet harvest 

Yukon Territory: 

The Latest Policy Resources and Perspectives: 

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Elle Richards

By Elle Richards

Elle has joined the Vibrant Communities team as Manager of Cities, Cities Reducing Poverty. Her experience spans corporate, academic, health and community environments, and working on national, regional and local programs of work, both strategically and operationally. In recent years, Elle has focused her work around issues of food security, poverty and inequalities in health.

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