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Host your own Poverty Reduction Strategy community discussion

The Government of Canada is currently engaging Canadians on its development of a Poverty Reduction Strategy—one that creates a more inclusive middle class that is more accessible for those who wish to join it.

You can make a difference by participating and getting involved.

To help you host your own discussion and gather feedback from members of your community, the Government of Canada developed a toolkit with templates and materials for organizing and promoting your event as well as collecting and submitting the results.

The Government can also help promote your discussion – just send the date, time and location of your event to povertyreduction@canada.gc.ca seven days in advance of the event, and it can be posted on Canada.ca/reduce-poverty.

The toolkit includes:

  • Agenda
  • Invitation
  • Discussion Notes Template
  • Social Media Promotion
  • Background information: Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy Summary

After your discussion, we encourage you to send the results to povertyreduction@canada.gc.ca. Feel free to also send us photos and important quotes from participants. Your input will be shared with Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and will be used to help shape the Poverty Reduction Strategy and give hard-working Canadians the chance they deserve to join the middle class.

Other ways you can participate include:

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Agenda

Community Discussion on Poverty Reduction Strategy

Day, Month, Year
Start time – End time

City, Province or Territory

  1. Welcome and introductory remarks
  2. Participant introductions
  3. Discussion begins
    • Theme #1 – Communities Experience
      Questions:
      • What does poverty look like in your community? What do you think are the main reasons people struggle to make ends meet?
      • Which Government of Canada programs and policies do you feel are effective at reducing poverty? Are there some that can be improved?
      • What are some key services or types of programs that are missing in your community that would really make a difference?
    • Theme #2 – Successful Poverty Reduction Strategy
      Questions:
      • What should success look like in the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy?
      • What target(s) and indicators should we use to measure progress?
    • Theme #3 – Building and Maintaining Strong Partnerships
      Questions:
      • How can the Government of Canada align its Poverty Reduction Strategy so that it supports existing efforts by provinces, territories, municipalities and communities?
      • How can we encourage an ongoing dialogue with other levels of government, community organizations, academia and businesses on poverty reduction efforts?
  4. Closing remarks/Discussion concludes
  5. Group photo (if applicable)
  6. End

Note: Your input will be shared with Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and will be used to help shape the Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Invitation

Subject line: You're invited to a community discussion on poverty reduction

Canada is a great country, and we are working hard to ensure that all Canadians receive the support they need to thrive and feel included. However, despite this progress, over 3 million Canadians still live in poverty.

Do you want to help reduce poverty in your community and across the country?

You're invited to attend a community discussion on poverty. The input from this event will be shared with Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and will be used to help shape the Government of Canada's Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Poverty affects us all. We need your ideas and feedback to help make a difference. Get involved and share your voice.

  • Date:
  • Time:
  • Place:
  • Please confirm your attendance by (day), (month) (year), by email or phone at (phone number).

An agenda and discussion questions will follow upon confirmation.

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Discussion notes template

Poverty Reduction Strategy

Day, Month, Year
Start time – End time

City, Province or Territory

Participants

  1. (Name)
  2. (Name)
  3. (Name)
    Title, Organization (if applicable)

Key Themes

  • What are the main themes that were discussed during the discussion?

Direction

  • Provide summaries of the discussion points rather than a word-for-word account.
  • Do not identify comments by contributors (i.e. names or organizations) – instead summarize the feedback from the group as a whole.
  • When drafting the summary, use simple and neutral language.
  • Make sure participants are aware that by participating they are consenting to, and acknowledging that they have read, understood and agree to the Privacy Notice Statement.

Theme #1 – Communities Experience

Questions:

  • What does poverty look like in your community? What do you think are the main reasons people struggle to make ends meet?
  • Which Government of Canada programs and policies do you feel are effective at reducing poverty? Are there some that can be improved?
  • What are some key services or types of programs that are missing in your community that would really make a difference?

Theme #2 – Successful Poverty Reduction Strategy

Questions:

  • What should success look like in the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy?
  • What target(s) and indicators should we use to measure progress?

Theme #3 – Building and Maintaining Strong Partnerships

Questions:

  • How can the Government of Canada align its Poverty Reduction Strategy so that it supports existing efforts by provinces, territories, municipalities and communities?
  • How can we encourage an ongoing dialogue with other levels of government, community organizations, academia and businesses on poverty reduction efforts?

Notes taken by:

  • (Name, Last Name)
  • (Phone Number)
  • (Email)

After your discussion, we encourage you to send the results to povertyreduction@canada.gc.ca. Feel free to also send us photos and important quotes you heard. Your input will be shared with Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and will be used to help shape the Poverty Reduction Strategy and benefit people living in poverty across the country.

Social media promotion - Poverty Reduction Strategy

  • Visual 1
    • Tweet: Participate in the Canada Poverty Reduction Strategy by hosting your own roundtable. Toolkit available.
    • Facebook post: You can take part in the Canada Poverty Reduction Strategy by hosting your own roundtable with the help of this toolkit.
    • Link to this toolkit: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/campaigns/poverty-reduction/toolkit.html
    • Twitter and Facebook visual:
      Poverty reduction strategy: one orange puzzle piece, group of three persons, 2 women and a man
  • Visual 2
    • Tweet: Want to help #ReducePoverty in Canada? Take this survey!
    • Facebook post: Want to help #ReducePoverty in Canada? Take this survey!
    • Link to EHQ survey: http://esdc-consultations.canada.ca/canadian-poverty-reduction-strategy-survey/survey_tools/individual-survey-poverty-reduction-consultation-online-survey
    • Twitter and Facebook visual:
      Poverty reduction strategy: three puzzle pieces, in purple a mother and daughter, in green a man with toque, and in blue a young child
  • Visual 3
    • Tweet: If you have lived experience of poverty in Canada, share your story to help #ReducePoverty in Canada
    • Facebook post:
      Poverty can affect us all. If you have a lived experience of poverty in Canada, we want to hear from you. Share your story to help #ReducePoverty in Canada.

      Share your story by commenting below or uploading your video, photo or written story to our "Share your story" page. You can also send us a link to your story, video and/or photo—just include @SocialDevelopmentCanada in your post and we'll see it.

      Your story matters. Your story can make a difference. Your story will inform the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.
    • Link to EHQ "Share your story": http://esdc-consultations.canada.ca/canadian-poverty-reduction-strategy-stories
    • Twitter and Facebook visual:
      Poverty reduction strategy: one purple puzzle piece, mother and daughter
  • Visual 4
    • Tweet: Where should we focus our efforts to #ReducePoverty in Canada? Join the discussion forum and share your views
    • Facebook post: We want to hear diverse voices from across the country. Participate in our discussion forum and share your ideas on how to #ReducePoverty in Canada
    • Link to EHQ discussion forum: http://esdc-consultations.canada.ca/canadian-poverty-reduction-strategy-discussion
    • Twitter and Facebook visual:
      Poverty reduction strategy: one purple puzzle piece, mother and daughter
  • Visual 5
    • Tweet: Thank you to all who applied for the Poverty Advisory Committee - members to be announced in coming weeks!
    • Facebook post: Thank you to everyone who applied for the Advisory Committee on Poverty. Stay tuned to hear about the committee members who will be announced in the coming weeks!
    • Link to Canada.ca/reduce-poverty: http://canada.ca/reduce-poverty
    • Twitter and Facebook visual:
      Poverty reduction strategy: one green puzzle piece, man with toque

Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy – In brief

This fact sheet gives an overview of poverty in Canada and how Canadians can have their say:

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