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Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest - July/August 2020

Posted on August 19, 2020
By Elle Richards

Welcome to the July/August 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.  


National Policy Updates and Related Articles: 

Policy Proposals and Campaigns 

  • National Recovery for All campaign to end homelessness continues; Proposals to Strengthen the National Housing Strategy and Homelessness 

Updates by Province and Territory:  



British Columbia: 


    • Province will spend $31.2 million this year to improve social housing units available to low-income Manitoban

    • Urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations get funding boost through Indigenous Community Support Fundfor care packages for vulnerable communities, increase mental health supports, educational supports for children and food security during this pandemic.

    • Government says a promised pay bonus for nearly 80,000 workers on the front lines 

New Brunswick: 

Newfoundland and Labrador: 

Nova Scotia: 

  • Nova Scotia opens new safe house for survivors of human trafficking 

  • Invest Nova Scotia Fund invests $2 million to food, diversity and aerospace initiatives 

Northwest Territories: 



  • Ontario investing $150 million to bring all regions to national broadband speeds; telecommunication service providers, municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profits are invited to submit innovative proposals by August 21   

Prince Edward Island: 


  • A moratorium on evicting tenants during the coronavirus pandemic put in place in March has been lifted 


Yukon Territory: 

The Latest Policy Resources and Perspectives: 

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:

Prosper Canada


Brookfield Institute

Broadbent Institute

Wellesley Institute 

  • Pharmacare: essential to our health and economy  

Open Policy Ontario  

Centre for Policy Alternatives

Canadian Urban Institute  

Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness  

Cities Reducing Poverty, Policy, 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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