Opportunity for All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy

The Government of Canada has been focused on growth that benefits Canadians and investments that help develop the middle class and reduce poverty.

Every Canadian deserves a real and fair chance to succeed, no matter where they live or where they come from.

Since 2015, the Government of Canada has made significant investments for children, seniors, lower-wage workers and other vulnerable Canadians that are having immediate impacts on reducing poverty and making a difference in the lives of Canadians.

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Opportunity For All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy: An explainer video - Transcript

Every Canadian deserves a real and fair chance to succeed, no matter where they live or where they come from.

Since 2015, more than $22 billion dollars has been invested in initiatives that reduce poverty to help grow the middle class and help those who are working hard to join it.

Investments made are expected to help lift 650,000 Canadians out of poverty by 2019.

Enhancements to Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement provide greater income security for low-income seniors.

The National Housing Strategy gives more Canadians a safe and affordable place to call home.

Programs like these have a real and meaningful impact on those working hard to make ends meet.

After extensively consulting with Canadians, the Government of Canada is launching the first ever Poverty Reduction Strategy.

For the first time ever, an official measure of poverty, Canada’s Official Poverty Line and improvement to poverty measurement will be used to measure progress toward the new targets on poverty reduction.

An independent National Advisory Council on Poverty will be established to publically report on progress made towards these targets and continue dialogue with Canadians on poverty.

To cement the commitment to reducing poverty, the Government proposes to introduce a new Poverty Reduction Act in Parliament.

Opportunity for All is a bold vision that will build a Canada where every Canadian has a real and fair chance at success.

To find out more, visit Canada.ca/reduce-poverty

Together let’s #ReducePoverty

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Government investments that support poverty reduction

Since 2015, $22 billion has been invested, and about 650,000 Canadians will have been lifted out of poverty by 2019

Opportunity for All builds on the Government of Canada’s significant investments in recent years, such as:

Canada Child Benefit

The Canada Child Benefit is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children and has helped lift about 300,000 children out of poverty. In July 2018, the Benefit was indexed to keep up with the cost of living.

Guaranteed Income Supplement

The increase to the Guaranteed Income Supplement top-up for single seniors provides greater income security for close to 900,000 seniors, of whom approximately 70% are women, and is lifting an estimated 57,000 vulnerable seniors out of poverty.

National Housing Strategy

Canada’s first National Housing Strategy is a 10-year, $40-billion investment that will give more Canadians a place to call home by removing 530,000 families from housing need and by reducing chronic homelessness by 50%.

Public transit infrastructure

Public transit infrastructure investments under the Investing in Canada Plan can provide better access to housing, shelters, early learning and child care, as well as to cultural, sport and recreation infrastructure.

Early Learning and Child Care

Investments in early learning and child care to help Canadian children get the best start in life and have a fair chance to succeed. High-quality, affordable child care across the country are critical to the economic security of families.

Labour Market Transfer Agreements

Funding provided to provinces and territories through Labour Market Transfer Agreements help unemployed Canadians prepare for and return to work and provide a full range of employment programs and services ranging from skills training to career counselling and job search assistance.

Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program

The new Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program, formally known as the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy, supports over 85 Indigenous organizations that design and deliver labour market programs to increase Indigenous participation in the job market.

Canada Workers Benefit

The Canada Workers Benefit, an enhanced version of the Working Income Tax Benefit, is a refundable tax credit that is intended to supplement the earnings of low-income workers and improves work incentives for low-income Canadians while raising 70,000 Canadians out of poverty.

Mental health initiatives

Mental health initiatives funded through provincial and territorial agreements help Canadians who suffer from mental illness, who make up a disproportionate percentage of people living in poverty.

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Poverty Reduction Strategy – Story of Fatuma - Transcript

Everybody, you want to have a normal life. Because you are in Canada, to have this and to have big house, or to have this and that! But sometimes it’s impossible.

Title: 2015: 21% of recent immigrants lived in poverty

Title: 2010:visible minorities made $5,600 less on average

My name is, I am Fatuma and I live in Regent Park.

I’m showing my face, I’m not ashamed of what I’m going through. Even though I didn’t expect this being in Canada, but at the same time I’m thankful for what I have. … we have to ask for help.

We are trying our best. We are trying our best. It is very expensive.

I know many families who are struggling, just struggling to survive.

So always it’s just staying in balance, so I can pay my bill.

Thank god for the subsidized rent.

I’m trying to live my life to make my situation better, but again, sometimes you cannot do it alone.

I need those programs. We need those program to help.

But we have roof on our head, we have food. Thank God. And thank Canada.

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Poverty Reduction Strategy – Story of Christian - Transcript

2012: over 2 million living with a disability

2011: 11% lower employment rate

Lower earnings than Canadians without a disability

My name is Christian Ouimet.

My mom was sick when I was born, which is the cause of my deafness.

And when I was two years old, my mother passed away.

So then I had to move to an orphanage and was taken care of by the church and the nuns.

I was there five years, and then I moved.

The priests took care of me until I was seventeen.

And at seventeen, I left and I came here.

I come for fun, you know, enjoyment, playing cards, games, watching movies. Just enjoyment.

I've been coming here for 37 years.

You know, I've noticed people have really improved when they come here.

You know, like I can't afford TV or the phone.

People who are working...

Deaf people have a hard time getting employment.

So I volunteer a lot and I help out with different things.

But it's very hard to find a job.

Deaf people finding employment, it's very, very difficult.

You know, a lot of hearing people, they don't want to hire Deaf individuals on.

So then it becomes very frustrating, you know.

I try to find employment, they don't hire people on, and they just sort of brush us off.

It's really not fair.

I love helping people.

I just focus on helping older people.

And if they need help fixing something, I'll help them out.

Many Canadians with disabilities, like Christian, struggle to find employment.

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