Last August, Canada released its first-ever poverty reduction strategy with an official poverty line and a goal to reduce poverty by 20% by 2020. On March 7th of this year, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) reported that this target had been achieved, and that 825,000 fewer Canadians were living in poverty in 2017 compared to 2015. Thanks to programs such as the Canada Child Benefit and the top-up to the Guaranteed Income Supplement, Canada’s poverty rate of 9.5 percent is currently the lowest in history.
In this webinar, Minister Duclos discussed what this significant achievement means for Canadians living in poverty, the implications for cities working to reduce poverty, and next steps to achieve Canada’s more ambitious target to reduce poverty by 50% by 2030.
Take Your Learning Further:
- View the 2019 Cities Reducing poverty Membership Brochure
- Learn more about Canada's First Poverty Reduction Strategy, "Opportunity for All"
- Read Cities and the Federal Poverty Reduction Strategy
- Check out the Cities Reducing Poverty Membership Directory
- Watch part one of the series Yes We Can! Reduce Poverty: A Collective Impact Approach