Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy

News Release

Minister Duclos releases discussion paper in advance of consultations

October 4, 2016                       Ottawa, Ontario                         Employment and Social Development Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to developing a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy and will be consulting with Canadians in 2017 to gather views to help develop this strategy.

On October 4, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, presented his discussion paper entitled Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy to the members of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA). This paper is designed to open a dialogue on the subject of poverty reduction in Canada and provides context and background information on this important issue.

Interested individuals and organizations can review this discussion paper in advance of the broader consultation process.


“I am pleased to release this discussion paper, which examines the issue of poverty in Canada. I look forward to leading consultations on this issue next year and hearing from my provincial and territorial colleagues, from stakeholders and from the public. These perspectives and insights will be invaluable as we develop the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Quick Facts

  • Canada’s low-income rate has been around 9 percent for the past decade. This means that every day, 3 million Canadians are living in poverty.
  • Sixty-three percent of single, low-income seniors are women.
  • About 746,000 Canadians live in a household where the main income earner is working poor.
  • In 2014, more than half a million children in our country were living in low-income households.


Associated Link

Consulting Canadians on poverty reduction

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Mathieu Filion
Director of Communications
Office of the Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

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Employment and Social Development Canada
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