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Disruptive Times Require Skilled Changemakers

Posted by Liz Weaver in February 2019

In this paper, Liz Weaver describes three elements that every changemaker needs when approaching complex challenges - a mindset shift, an agile and adaptable approach, and knowledge and skills in each of the five interconnected practice areas.

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Cities Reducing Poverty Quarterly Policy Digest: May 2018

Posted by Adam Vasey on May 11, 2018

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest. The Digest aims to provide you with timely poverty-related policy updates and resources from across Canada. 

National Policy Updates:

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Ontario Making Progress on Child Poverty

Posted by Adam Vasey on April 25, 2018

There’s some very encouraging news on the child poverty and housing fronts in Ontario’s recently released 2017 Poverty Reduction Strategy Annual Report.

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Making Progress on Poverty Reduction in British Columbia

Posted by Jill Zacharias on April 13, 2018

So far, 2018 is turning out to be an important year for poverty reduction in BC. Currently, 557,000 people are living below the poverty line in Canada’s most western province – the second highest provincial poverty rate in the country. Against this sobering backdrop, the BC government has just completed a broad range of consultations with a variety of citizens, including people with lived experience. In June 2018, the government will release a “What We Heard” report summarizing feedback from the consultations, with plans to introduce poverty reduction legislation this fall. The intended result is the development and implementation of a poverty reduction strategy.

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The Introduction and Evolution of Child Benefits in Canada

Posted by Nick Falvo on May 5, 2017

Child benefits have significant potential to reduce homelessness and the need for emergency shelter beds by putting more money into the hands of low-income parents. They also can (and do) reduce child poverty, though not always as much as governments claim. And because they do not carry the same stigma as other forms of poverty-reduction initiatives (such as social assistance and social housing), they’re also popular among voters—certainly more popular than social assistance benefits for adults. Many elected officials are therefore more eager to create and enhance child benefits than they are to spend on other forms of poverty-reduction.

Since they were first established child benefits in Canada have changed significantly in their intention, their recipients, and their method of delivery. Here’s an eight-step guide to that evolution.

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The Evolving Role of the Public Sector

Posted by Sylvia Cheuy on June 22, 2012

 In Public Service Clouds: The Way of the Future, Jean-Philippe Veilleux imagines a future where the ideas proposed in a the recent paper Fed Cloud: the Future of Federal Work developed by GovLab –a think tank in the U.S.-based Deloitte Federal practice that focuses on innovation in the public sector -- has become a reality. 

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