The Latest

Contribute. We love to hear your thoughts, your musings and your latest work. Please share with us!
Write a post

Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest - May/June 2020

Posted on May 23, 2020
By Elle Richards

Welcome to the May/June Special Edition of the Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest, which aims to provide you with timely poverty-related policy updates and resources from across Canada. This edition is dedicated to policies, articles and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  


National Policy Updates and Related Articles: 

Updates by Province and Territory: 


British Columbia: 


  • Province taking steps to make home and business property insurance more affordable to Manitobans by accelerating the removal of $75 million of annual PST from residential and business properties, saving residential property owners an estimated $38 million per year and business property owners $37 million a year 

  • Make Poverty History advocates for supplement to support basic needs for people on disability and income assistance during pandemic 

  • Province and union reach deal to avoid layoffs for employees 

  • Manitoba’s economy rebounds by 13,100 jobs 

New Brunswick: 

  • School is cancelled for the rest of the year and province calling for everyone to donate technology to help students get online for 2.5 hours of instruction per day 

  • The Government of New Brunswick introduced retroactive job protection measures for those whose work is affected by COVID-19  

  • New Brunswick launches a job-matching website to fill jobs typically done by temporary foreign workers, particularly in agriculture and aquaculture. 

  • Province is providing iPads to nursing home residents to help them keep connected with loved ones 

  • Covering the cost of emergency childcare spaces for essential workers 

Newfoundland and Labrador: 

Nova Scotia: 

  • Nova Scotians on income assistance are receiving an extra $50 with each payment  

Northwest Territories: 



Prince Edward Island: 


  • Student loan debt repayment suspended for 6 months, including borrowers whose accounts are in collection 

  • Temporary Aid Program created for workers who cannot work due to being in isolation and not eligible for other federal programs 

  • Launch of Open School platform while schools are closed 

  • Quebec is topping up pay for Quebecers to work on a farm to attract residents and enable farms to stay in production  

  • Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec giving $4 Billion to businesses needing financial support and $300,000 to Centraide Montreal, Canadian Red Cross, and Little Brothers  


Yukon Territory: 

The Latest Policy Resources and Perspectives: 


  • Project Pandemic: Canada Reports on COVID-19 - Data co-op and collaboration 

 First Policy Response  

  • Canada’s Policy Community Response to COVID-19 includes key topics: Income support for individuals, support for business, support for the community sector and support for the vulnerable 

 Federation for Canadian Municipalities - 

  • COVID Municipal Hub features federal, provincial/territorial tools and resources for communities and businesses 

Prosper Canada -  


Broadbent Institute 

Open Policy Ontario  

Centre for Policy Alternatives 

Canadian Urban Institute - 

Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness  

Homeless Hub 

Angus Reid 

United Way Canada   


Canadian Urban Sustainability Practitioners  

Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty, Policy, Elle Richards, COVID-19

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.

Related Posts