Minister of Families, Children and Social Development launches call for applications for the National Advisory Council on Poverty

News release

December 18, 2018                  Gatineau, Quebec             Employment and Social Development Canada

The Government of Canada is focused on growth that benefits all Canadians and on investments that help grow the middle class and reduce poverty. As part of Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Honourable Jean‑Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, launched today the call for applications for a National Advisory Council on Poverty.

This ministerial Advisory Council will be appointed through an open, transparent and merit-based selection process with a mandate to:

  • provide advice to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development on poverty reduction in Canada, including advice on programs, funding and activities;
  • report each year on progress made towards the poverty reduction targets; and
  • continue a national dialogue with Canadians on poverty.

The Minister is seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians to join the Advisory Council. To support children’s well-being and ensure that poverty is addressed early in life, the National Advisory Council on Poverty will include a member with particular responsibilities for children’s issues. The member responsible for children’s issues will ensure that children’s interests are taken into consideration as the Council carries out its functions. Led by a full-time Chairperson, the Advisory Council will also include members who have knowledge and experience of poverty-related issues, and people who have lived experienced or are currently living in poverty.

Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and from other vulnerable groups are encouraged to apply to become a member of the Advisory Council.

Interested individuals must apply online by January 29, 2019.

Quotes

“Our commitment to reducing poverty is about having a positive and lasting impact on the lives of Canadians and their families. I am looking forward to the creation of a National Advisory Council on Poverty, which will provide critical advice so that we are able to achieve our goal of reducing poverty by 50 percent by 2030. When people are able to meet their most basic needs, they contribute to a strong, growing economy.”

– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Quick facts

  • The call for applications is open from December 18, 2018 to January 29, 2019.

  • The National Advisory Council on Poverty will be comprised of 8 to 10 members.

  • The members’ mandate will be effective the day of their appointments by the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. Appointments will be part of an open, transparent and merit-based selection process that strives for gender parity and reflects Canada’s diversity.

  • Bill C-87, the Poverty Reduction Act, was recently introduced in Parliament, and proposes to create a legislated National Advisory Council on Poverty that would be in place until poverty in Canada is reduced by 50 percent.

  • Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy targets a 20 percent reduction in poverty by 2020 and a 50 percent reduction in poverty by 2030.

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Contacts

Valérie Glazer
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
819-654-5546

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Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
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