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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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Finding Financial Stability in Uncertain Times

Posted by Galen MacLusky & Glenna Harris on June 16, 2020

At Prosper Canada, we support a network of 14 Financial Empowerment champion (FEC) - organizations that aim to expand proven financial empowerment interventions in communities across the country. These groups have delivered effective financial help to 320,000 Canadians, helping them to access $700M in new income, improve their credit scores, savings and debt levels and build wealth through education, employment, entrepreneurship and improved housing.

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Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest - May/June 2020

Posted by Elle Richards on May 23, 2020

Welcome to the May/June Special Edition of the Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest, which aims to provide you with timely poverty-related policy updates and resources from across Canada. This edition is dedicated to policies, articles and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Rent Banks: An Innovative Strategy in a Time of Crisis

Posted by Christine Hadekel on April 22, 2020

As the economic toll of COVID-19 continues to deepen across Canada, Canadian renters are facing an unprecedented housing crisis. Many have lost their jobs and are worried about keeping a roof over their head in the months ahead. While renters wait for federal and provincial relief programs to come into full effect, local rent banks are ramping up their efforts to support low-income households that are no longer able to pay their rent or utilities.

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4 Components for Establishing Mutually Reinforcing Activities

Posted by Natasha Pei on March 6, 2020

Does this situation sound familiar? You have a group of people who have committed to reduce poverty using a Collective Impact or collaborative approach. You know what needs to be done to support people to escape poverty in your community. Yet, scaling the initiative to create large-scale impact feels out-of-reach, because everyone is already at maximum capacity and doing their best to participate “off the side of the desk.” So, the work becomes a series of small manageable projects and programs that raise awareness and help alleviate poverty for some individuals and families.

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Over 1 Million Canadians Lifted out of Poverty: Q&A With Maytree on Canada's Updated MBM

Posted by Alison Homer on February 28, 2020

On February 24, 2020, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) released results from the 2018 Canadian Income survey that showed that, since 2015, more than 1 million Canadians have been lifted out of poverty. This represents the largest three-year reduction in Canadian history. Canada’s poverty rate continues on a downward trend, and poverty rates have decreased since 2015 in all 10 provinces.  

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BC Budget 2020 & What It Means for Poverty Reduction

Posted by Christine Hadekel on February 27, 2020

February was a busy month for poverty reduction efforts in British Columbia as local municipalities submitted their applications for funding under the Poverty Reduction Planning & Action Program.  

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