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.
Read the full version of Opportunity for All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy
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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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