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Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest: May 2019

Posted on May 12, 2019
By Kirsti Battista

Parliament-Hill-718135-edited-234996-editedThis is the May 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 release of the Federal Government’s Homelessness Strategy, release of the 2019 Federal and Ontario budgets, and new Living Wage calculations for several Canadian cities.

National Policy Updates:

Updates by Province and Territory:


  • Alberta’s Progress in Poverty Reduction since 2015
  • New Alberta Premier and cabinet sworn in on April 30

British Columbia:


New Brunswick:

  • More than 2,300 people participated in the public engagement process to renew Overcoming Poverty Together: the New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan

Newfoundland and Labrador:

Nova Scotia:                                                                   

Northwest Territories:



Prince Edward Island:


  • $138.8M will be distributed in Quebec to help regions overcome challenges against poverty and social exclusion
  • Quebec minimum wage increases to $12.50 an hour


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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