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A network and movement dedicated to ending poverty in Canada, made up of more than 400 municipalities and represented by 90 regional roundtables. 


Online Course

Ending Poverty Pathways

Join Communities Ending Poverty Director, Natasha Pei, in this five-module course. Topics include Ending Working Poverty, Governments and Communities Ending Poverty, and Big Ideas for Ending Poverty.
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Poverty and Belonging


community belonging: a way to end poverty in canada

How can community belonging help to reduce poverty in Canada? In this article, Tamarack’s Heather Keam explores how belonging is a social pathway to ending poverty in Canada. She digs into micro, meso, and macro belonging, social capital, belonging’s economic impact, and more.

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Communities Ending Poverty members bring government, business, non-profit, and lived/living experience champions together. With Tamarack, they raise community awareness, develop innovations, and shift policies and systems toward levelling inequities and ending poverty. 



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Engaging Living Lived Experience

Engaging People with Lived/Living Experience


10 Ways Local Government Can Propel Positive Social Change


Ending Working Poverty in Canada: How To Get It Done

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communities ending poverty membership

Members access a professional peer learning network of more than 90 local anti-poverty initiatives led by experienced changemakers. By joining, your collaborative will access discounts to Tamarack learning opportunities, coaching and capacity building, private interactive webinars, Communities of Practice, a monthly member newsletter, and more.


Benefits to becoming a CEP member include: 

  • Learning and networking! Opportunities for peer learning and networking with changemakers across Canada and beyond, including regional collaborations 
  • Skill building and resources! Coaching and capacity building for topics including collaborative leadership, collective impact, facilitation, and sustainability 
  • Coaching and groups! Access to coaching series and cohorts. Our 2024 cohorts include Ending Working Poverty and Western Canada Leads 
  • Advocacy opportunities! Opportunities to contribute to consultations and advocacy efforts that influence policy and systems change 
  • Virtual events! Access to private, interactive webinars and Communities of Practice including BC Poverty Reduction, Anti-Racism, and Mid-Ontario Rural 
  • Shared, all-access membership! Access to benefits across Tamarack’s practice areas: Communities Building Belonging, Communities Building Youth Futures, and Community Climate Transitions 
  • Discounted prices! Discounts to Tamarack events, workshops and online courses including 2024 EngageFest!: The Power of People and Place 


To learn more about Communities Ending Poverty membership and our tiered fee structure, contact Maureen

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We are committed to: 

Reducing and sustaining Canada’s poverty rate at less than 5%

Targeting working poverty, deep poverty, and Indigenous poverty

Engaging people with lived/living experience

Leveraging existing community assets

Embedding collective impact principles to drive long-term change

Learning and re-evaluating continuously

Embedding equity, anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion in all work

meet the team

Natasha Pei
Natasha Pei

Associate Director



Areas of Focus

Ending Poverty

Collective Impact

Collaborative Innovation

Community Innovation

Evaluation Impact

Maureen Owens
Maureen Owens

Manager of Communities

Jill Zacharias

BC Manager of Growth & Impact

Orpah Cundangan

Learning Lead

get in touch

We’re happy to answer questions, discuss community issues and direct you to trusted resources. Get in touch with a specific team member or submit a general inquiry.


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