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Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest - January 2020

Posted on January 31, 2020
By Elle Richards

Parliament-Hill-718135-edited-234996-editedWelcome to the January 2020 edition of the Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest, which aims to provide you with timely poverty-related policy updates and resources from across Canada. 

Here are some of our policy highlights: 

  • National Report Card on Child and Family Poverty is released by Campaign 2000 with one in five children living in poverty; setting the stage for a poverty-free Canada 
  • A New Report from the Canadian Basic Income Network Canadian Basic Income Network shows a basic income of just $22,000 could virtually eliminate poverty 
  • Statistics Canada redefining poverty line 
  • Coldest Night of the Year - a national fundraising campaign to raise awareness of the realities of poverty kicks off in communities across the country 

National Policy Updates: 

Updates by Province and Territory: 


British Columbia: 


New Brunswick: 

Newfoundland and Labrador: 

Nova Scotia: 

 Northwest Territories: 

  • Applications being received for Anti-Poverty Fund 2020-2021 and Anti-Poverty Advisory Committee 
  • Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency announces three-year funding to produce Invest Canada North 



Prince Edward Island: 


  • Quebec investing $119,000 in the collective for a Quebec without poverty in 2020 
  • $1 Trillion in funding to support innovative projects for the attraction and retention of the workforce in the central Quebec region  


  • Following Their Voices improves graduation rates and credit attainment for First Nations, Metis and Inuit students 
  • Report shows child poverty rate in Saskatchewan to be high and working poor wages are not sufficient to sustain a family 

Yukon Territory: 

The Latest Policy Resources and Perspectives: 

Policy, policy clearing house, Elle Richards

Elle Richards

By Elle Richards

Elle has recently 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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