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Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest - September/October 2020

Posted on October 21, 2020
By Elle Richards

Welcome to the September/October 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 

 Updates by Province and Territory:  


British Columbia: 


New Brunswick: 

Newfoundland and Labrador: 

  • Budget 2020 focusing on supporting families, communities and businesses for the pandemic announces $25 a day childcare for 2021a Small Business Assistance Program and investments in access to technology for digital learning for students  

Nova Scotia: 

Northwest Territories: 



  • Province modernizes Social Assistance to help more people re-enter the workforce 

Prince Edward Island: 


  • Government providing $2.3 billion to municipalities and public transit to offset cost of COVID   
  • Public Inquiry Commission into Relations between Indigenous Peoples and public services one year of action 


Yukon Territory: 

The Latest Policy Resources and Perspectives: 

First Policy Response: 

  • Canada’s Policy Community Response to COVID-19 includes updates on key topics: Income support for individuals, support for business, support for the community sector and support for the vulnerable as well as an economic overview, sectoral issues, cities and recovery  

Federation for Canadian Municipalities: 

Prosper Canada:  


Brookfield Institute:  

Broadbent Institute: 

Wellesley Institute:  

Open Policy Ontario:  

Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Canadian Urban Institute:

Poverty Reduction, Cities Reducing Poverty, Elle Richards

Elle Richards

By Elle Richards

Elle has 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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