Over the last 5 years, Canada lifted 1.3 million people out of poverty. Prior to COVID-19, at 10.1%, our nation's poverty rate had dropped to the lowest level in recorded history. Despite the many setbacks inflicted by the pandemic, now is our chance to bring governments, businesses, non-profits and experts with lived and living experience together to once again move the needle on poverty. This podcast series was edited from clips from Communities Ending Poverty's 2021 End of Poverty national gathering that brought together more than 1000 people to explore 14 pathways that can end poverty for all Canadians.
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Paul Born opens Communities Ending Poverty's 2021 End of Poverty national gathering with hope and optimism as he speaks to what Canada has accomplished so far, the changing role of municipalities, and how Saint John and Hamilton have moved the needle toward ending poverty in their communities.
From increasing minimum wages and reforming income supports, to promoting full-time decent work and equitable hiring and procurement policies, John Stapleton and Yvonne Yuan of Open Policy Ontario, Tristan Johnson of the City of New Westminster, and Kumsa Baker of the Toronto Community Benefits Network speak to the many roles of governments, employers and non-profits in ending working poverty.
The role of the federal government in ending poverty is examined through the lens of Collective Impact. Tim Richter of the National Alliance to End Homelessness and Dale Hicks of New Brunswick’s Rising Tides Inc. share examples of success and encourage listeners to reflect on how mutually reinforcing activities can amplify the impact of their local work.
Hon. Nicholas Simons, BC’s Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Hon. Julie Green, NWT’s Minister of Health and Social Services, and Stéphane Leclair, Executive Director of NB’s Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation (ESIC) speak to their provincial and territorial poverty reduction plans, and the critical links between these plans and the essential place-based work of communities.
Cities and communities are best placed to assess challenges, harness community assets, bring people together across sectors, and nudge policy and systems change. Meaghon Reid of Vibrant Calgary, Erick Ambtman from End Poverty Edmonton, Monica Chaperlin from Living Saint John and Nicky Jones from Peel’s Lived Experience Advocacy Group share key factors of success in ending poverty.
A national Basic Income is a big transformational idea in poverty reduction. In this podcast, Sheila Regehr (Basic Income Canada Network), Kendall David (Basic Income Canada Youth Network), Tom Cooper (Hamilton), Lee Stevens (Calgary), and Luis Segura (Lindsay) discuss what a Basic Income must look like to be successful at reducing poverty and explore the mounting Canadian-based evidence that supports the effectiveness of a national program.
Built for Zero Canada (BFZ-C) is a bold national change effort focused on ending homelessness. Marie Morrison (BFZ-C), Jaime Rogers (Medicine Hat), Dawn Wheadon (Moncton) and Lori Richer and Dominica McPherson (Guelph Wellington), explore the power of real-time data, advocacy, and the meaningful engagement of the private sector and of experts with lived and living experience of poverty.
From ensuring Indigenous peoples and communities are at the centre of the conversation, to addressing systemic racism, Cheryl Whiskeyjack and Leslie Varley outline the first steps and showcase successful initiatives that can lead to ending Indigenous poverty in cities across the country.