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BC's First Poverty Reduction Strategy

Posted by Alison Homer on July 15, 2019

British Columbia’s first poverty reduction strategy, TogetherBC, sets a path to reduce overall poverty in B.C. by at least 25% and child poverty by 50% by 2024. These targets were legislated in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Act, with measures aligned with Opportunity for All, Canada’s first poverty reduction strategy.

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The Four Phases of Successful Poverty Reduction

Posted by Natasha Pei on July 10, 2019

As a national network, Cities Reducing Poverty (CRP) now supports more than 70 cities and communities, representing over 250 municipalities, to reduce poverty locally. 

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Engaging Lived Experience in Toronto's Municipal Strategy

Posted by Alison Homer on July 3, 2019

Residents of Toronto with lived experience of poverty were active participants in the development of the City’s poverty reduction strategy, TO Prosperity, particularly through the Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG).

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Lessons from PEI's Poverty Reduction Plan

Posted by Natasha Pei on April 11, 2019
The Government of Prince Edward Island launched a poverty reduction action plan for all Islanders last November. The action plan makes important commitments such as:
  • Developing a Poverty Reduction Act and identifying responsible parties
  • Monitoring key indicators such as the number of Islanders experiencing poverty and attachment to employment to measure progress
  • Convening a poverty reduction council comprised of community and government leaders
  • Large increases to social assistance rates
  • A new 211 help line for individuals and practitioners to find available services
  • And more
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Ending Chronic Homelessness in Kawartha and Haliburton

Significant progress has been made in the City of Kawartha and County of Haliburton in ending chronic homelessness. A new report shows that to date, they have reduced chronic homelessness by 51%.

Housing and Homelessness is a key priority of Kawartha-Haliburton’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. The poverty reduction effort is a joint initiative between the City of Kawartha and County of Haliburton, and is comprised of:

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The Success of Benefits Program Reflects the Importance of Tax Clinics

Posted by Justin Williams on March 6, 2019

The release of the Canadian Income Survey for 2017 came with a welcome piece of news for those working in poverty reduction: fewer Canadians and especially fewer children were living below the official poverty line and the low-income measure in 2017. In fact, Canada has already reached its 2020 target of a 20% reduction in poverty. While there is still significant work to be done to reach a 50% reduction in poverty by 2030, and to ultimately eliminate poverty, it is clear that the work being done by every level of government and by community-based roundtables is having an impact.

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