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Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest: July 2019

Posted on July 14, 2019
By Kirsti Battista

Parliament-Hill-718135-edited-234996-editedThe Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest aims to provide you with timely poverty-related policy updates and resources from across Canada.

Key highlights include increased federal benefits for families and seniors, the Royal Assent of Bill C-97 ensuring a long-term federal commitment to reduce poverty, a series of policy updates aimed at supporting those living in poverty in British Columbia, and Alberta businesses standing up for youth workers by not cutting the youth minimum wage. 

National Policy Updates:

Updates by Province and Territory:


  • Alberta has the lowest corporate taxes in Canada after the Job Creation Tax Cut Act received royal assent and became law
  • A coalition of businesses in Alberta have pledged not to cut youth employees’ pay after UCP government changed minimum wage for youth to $13/hr

British Columbia:

  • A series of policy updates will remove barriers for people struggling with poverty


  • 10-year agreement between Manitoba and the federal government will invest almost $450.8 million to prioritize affordable housing under the National Housing Strategy

New Brunswick:

Newfoundland and Labrador:

Nova Scotia:

Northwest Territories:

  • Northern Pathways to Housing Complex Opens in Behchokǫ̀


  • The Department of Family Services is working to establish and develop a long term and stable damp shelter program for clients and city residents who have no place to go in the winter


Prince Edward Island:



Yukon Territory:

The Latest Policy Resources and Perspectives:

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Kirsti Battista

By Kirsti Battista

Kirsti works with the VC team as the Manager of the Cities Reducing Poverty initiative. Previous to this position she was a Community Animator for the Tamarack CCI learning community and the coordinator of Tamarack's multi-day learning events such as Champions for Change, Evaluating Community Impact and the first ever Collective Impact Summit.

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