Poverty Reduction Strategy

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The Government of Canada is committed to developing a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy to reduce poverty and improve the economic well-being of all Canadian families so that they can have a real and fair chance to succeed.

Poverty is a complex issue that affects more than 3 million Canadians. That means that 1.9 million families struggle to make ends meet.

To ensure that the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy reflects the diversity of needs and approaches throughout the country, we are:

  • consulting with Canadians across Canada on poverty reduction;
  • establishing a Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty through an open call for nominations to select leaders, practitioners and experts with experience in poverty and poverty reduction as well as a separate targeted call for nominations to select people who have experienced poverty; and
  • conducting the Tackling Poverty Together research project – an in-depth case study in six communities across Canada.

Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date with the latest activities about our initiatives to #ReducePoverty.

Consulting Canadians on poverty reduction

To better inform the development of the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Government of Canada conducted an online and in-person consultation process from February to August 2017 to engage with Canadians on key issues related to poverty.

Learn more about the consultation

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Youth contest

The Government of Canada invited young people aged 12–24, from coast to coast to coast to answer one question: How can we reduce poverty in Canada? Thank you to everyone who submitted their creative ideas to help #ReducePoverty in Canada!

Advisory Committee on Poverty

The Government of Canada will establish an Advisory Committee on Poverty. A public call for nominations was open to interested individuals who have experience with poverty and poverty reduction from four key areas—academia, international expertise, service delivery and business.

The Committee will provide independent expertise and advice on issues related to poverty reduction to help inform the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Learn more about the Advisory Committee on Poverty

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Tackling Poverty Together

Tackling Poverty Together is a research project that was dedicated to understanding poverty in Canada and identifying what can be improved to lift Canadians out of poverty. Examining six communities across Canada, the project will help to inform the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.

The project resulted in a report outlining poverty issues throughout Canada.

Learn more about this research project

Latest news

Government of Canada concludes case study visit for Tackling Poverty Together project in Regent Park, Toronto, Ontario

The community visit included speaking with people in Regent Park (Toronto) and listening to their stories to assess the impact of government programs on their everyday life. Learn more about the Tackling Poverty Together (TPT) Project.

Government of Canada concludes first case study visit for Tackling Poverty Together project in Saint John, New Brunswick

The community visit included speaking with people in Saint John and listening to their stories to assess the impact of government programs on their everyday life. Learn more about the Tackling Poverty Together (TPT) Project.

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