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Reducing poverty in Leeds and Grenville: Tax filing and financial empowerment

Posted by Natasha Pei on September 23, 2021

Each spring, Canadians are required to file taxes, which, for those who are living on low income, can mean an extra payday through a mix of tax credits, benefits and overpaid income tax.

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Innovative community-based projects reducing poverty in Saint John

Posted by Natasha Pei on September 21, 2021

In 2018, Living SJ collectively raised an additional $10 million over five years for the Saint John community to reduce poverty when they became the stewards of New Brunswick’s Social Innovation Fund. The purpose of the grant is to demonstrate innovative community-based practices that could successfully lift Saint John residents out of poverty and be scaled to other jurisdictions throughout the province.

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Overcoming inequities in Calgary: COVID-19, gender, race and precarious employment

Posted by Vibrant Communities Calgary on September 21, 2021

2020 was a challenging year that brought inequity in Calgary sharply into focus. COVID-19, the recession and the impact of increasing food prices disproportionately affected the city’s most vulnerable.

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BC showcases pathway for provincial governments ending poverty

Posted by Jill Zacharias on September 7, 2021

TogetherBC exemplifies a successful provincial/territorial pathway to ending poverty due to its clear connection to Canada’s poverty reduction strategy, recognition of local poverty reduction actors as experts, direct funding of local poverty reduction strategies, and municipal alignment with provincial priorities. Two years after its release, the strategy is already showing significant gains toward ending poverty.

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Cornwall Mayor, Bernadette Clement, Appointed to the Senate of Canada

Posted by Alison Homer on July 19, 2021

Cornwall’s Vibrant Community Roundtable and Tamarack Institute would like to congratulate Bernadette Clement who has been appointed as an independent Senator by the Government of Canada.

As a lawyer, Executive Director of the Roy McMurtry Legal Clinic, former board member of Cornwall’s Social Development Council, and current Mayor of Cornwall, Mayor Clement has been a strong champion for poverty reduction in her own community and beyond.

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Taking a human rights-based approach to housing in Toronto

Posted by Maytree on June 28, 2021

Poverty is what happens when people cannot access their human right to an adequate standard of living. They lack equitable access to housing, health care and pharmacare, education and training opportunities, or decent work. They experience food insecurity, poor sanitation and undrinkable water, or lack of income. Poverty is created by systems that affect people differently; as a result, Indigenous, Black, and racialized communities, women, and people with disabilities, for example, experience poverty at disproportionately high rates.

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