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CASE STUDY | Saint John Stronger Together

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CASE STUDY | Saint John Stronger Together

New Brunswick, Poverty Reduction Strategy, CRP Publications, Homepage Resources, Communities Ending Poverty

This case study captures how Saint John, NB, has successfully broken the cycle of poverty by engaging the whole community and applying a comprehensive approach to drive change.

It highlights the city's 20-year journey that has resulted in a 69% reduction in poverty (Low Income Cut-Off After Tax) from 2001 to 2021.

It celebrates how the community of Saint John created a common purpose, learned deeply about poverty in their own community, implemented projects that they could turn into systems and population-level change.

The study also shares lessons from two decades of reflection that other community leaders can build upon.

Sherri Torjman

By Sherri Torjman

Sherri was Vice-President of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy for 25 years and is currently a social policy consultant. She has made invaluable contributions to social policy in Canada through her analysis, writing and public speaking on welfare reform, disability income and supports, home care, caregiver needs and community-based poverty reduction. Sherri was one of the founders of Tamarack's Vibrant Communities initiative.

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