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Ottawa’s Women and Gender Equity Strategy Supports a “She-Covery”

Posted by Natasha Pei on July 6, 2021

The City of Ottawa’s Women and Gender Equity Strategy, initiated in 2018 by the City Council and published in March 2021, recognizes that even before COVID-19, women faced discrimination and barriers to services and opportunities. COVID-19 has highlighted these gaps and exacerbated the inequities. Women – particularly racialized, low-income, and/or newcomer women – have been hit disproportionately hard by the pandemic. In comparison to men, COVID-19 has resulted in a major step back for women (both employees and entrepreneurs) in the workforce.

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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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Breaking Down Silos in Rural Communities: Employing A Whole Systems Approach

Posted by Natasha Pei on June 23, 2021

Breaking down silos and employing a whole systems approach that puts a person’s wellbeing at the centre is a critical practice for rural communities seeking to end poverty. Working in silos ignores the complexity of people’s lives and beneficial community assets remain under-utilized. While working out-of-sync with one another, very few organizations are likely to see their clients sustainably achieve their goals.

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3 Funding Opportunities to Support Community Initiatives

Posted by Justin Williams on June 14, 2021

The Government of Canada and its partners are currently accepting applications for three major funding opportunities for communities. Through the funding opportunities, communities can apply for funding to support public spaces, improve mobility and access to digital services, provide programs and services related to financial empowerment and social inclusion of vulnerable youth, and build intersectoral partnerships to address social determinants of health and wellbeing. The three funding opportunities are described below:  

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Quebec’s Universal Access to Low-Fee Child Care: Les Centres de la Petite Enfance

Posted by Alison Homer on June 4, 2021

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Access to affordable and quality childcare is an important poverty reduction and prevention strategy, as it supports children’s social, behavioural and cognitive skills, readiness for and transition to school, and lifelong physical and emotional health. It supports parents and caregivers to increase their income, opens doors to employment and training, builds resilience, and reduces chronic stress.

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Guelph-Wellington Built for Zero reduces chronic youth homelessness by 76%

Posted by Guelph-Wellington Built for Zero on May 19, 2021

This success story was featured at Cities Reducing Poverty’s 2021 National Gathering: The End of Poverty as part of the workshop Built for Zero: A Model for Ending Chronic Homelessness.

In 2018, after becoming a Built for Zero Canada community, Guelph-Wellington conducted their second Point in Time Count/Registry Week which identified 203 people, including 62 youth, that were experiencing chronic homelessness. Through this survey, the community learned that almost half of all respondents had experienced their first instance of homelessness as a youth.

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