Canadian poverty reduction

The Government of Canada is committed to developing a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy to ensure that all Canadians have a real and fair chance to succeed.

From January to August 2017, the Government of Canada is conducting collaborative initiatives to help inform the strategy. These initiatives include:

The strategy will be informed by research and the views shared by partners and Canadians. These partners include:

  • provincial, territorial and municipal partners;
  • Indigenous people;
  • community organizations;
  • poverty experts and academics;
  • the business community; and
  • those who have experienced poverty.

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Family benefits

Includes benefits to help your family with the costs of raising children, maternity and parental leave, compassionate care plus calculators to estimate benefit amounts to which you may be entitled.

Education and training benefits

Scholarships, grants and funding opportunities for students including part-time students, full-time students, students with dependants, students with disabilities and students from low- or middle-income families.

Housing benefits

Includes information on the GST/HST New Housing Rebate, financial assistance to repair your home, improved accessibility for disabled occupants and increasing energy efficiency.

Disability benefits

Includes disability pensions and children’s benefits, residential home rehabilitation, savings plans and a gasoline tax refund program.

Benefits by audience

Find information about benefits and programs, including eligibility.

Guaranteed Income Supplement

The Guaranteed Income Supplement provides a monthly non-taxable benefit to Old Age Security pension recipients who have a low income and are living in Canada.

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