Advisory Committee on Poverty

About the Advisory Committee

To support the development of the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Government of Canada has created a Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty.

A public call for nominations was held from February 13, 2017 to March 27, 2017 inviting interested individuals who have experience with poverty and poverty reduction to apply to become a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty.

Chosen from over 400 nominations from across Canada and internationally, the Advisory Committee brings together a committed and diverse group of 17 leaders, academic experts and practitioners working in the field of poverty reduction, and individuals who have experienced poverty first hand.

The Advisory Committee on Poverty will be a forum for information sharing and independent discussion on poverty and poverty reduction. Its members will act as a sounding board and will provide advice to the Minister on a range of poverty-related issues.

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About the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy

Poverty is a complex issue that affects more than 3 million Canadians. That means that 1.9 million families struggle to make ends meet.

The Government of Canada is committed to developing a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy to reduce poverty and improve the economic well-being of all Canadian families so that they can have a real and fair chance to succeed.

The Advisory Committee on Poverty will inform the development of Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Learn more about the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Terms of reference


The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, has a mandate to develop a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (hereafter the Strategy) that would set targets to reduce poverty as well as measure and publicly report on progress.

To support the development and implementation of the Strategy, the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty (hereafter the Committee) will complement other engagement activities in support of the development of the Strategy.

Scope of work

The Advisory Committee is a forum to facilitate in-depth discussion on issues related to poverty reduction and would support the Minister by:

  • being a sounding board to test and discuss ideas on poverty reduction generated via the public engagement process;
  • recommending priority areas of action for the Strategy;
  • identifying innovative approaches to poverty reduction; and
  • offering advice on how to align the objectives of the Poverty Reduction Strategy with other government priorities.


The Committee will operate for a period of one year.


The Advisory Committee members are Canadian leaders, practitioners and experts in the area of poverty reduction and people who have lived in poverty. Their varied backgrounds include academia, service delivery, business and international expertise on poverty, as well as individuals with a personal experience with poverty.

Members are also representative of Canada’s diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, regions and official languages.

Meeting participation

Committee members will participate in meetings for a period of 12 months in person, by teleconference or by online videoconference.

The Committee will report to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

Compensation, travel and accommodation

Committee members will not receive per diem for conducting the Committee's work. However, ESDC will reimburse members for applicable accommodation and travel costs when attending meetings outside of their home community in accordance with section 9 of the Department of Employment and Social Development Act and applicable Treasury Board Directives such as the National Joint Council Travel Directive.

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Social Policy Directorate
Advisory Committee on Poverty
140 Promenade du Portage, 3rd floor
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0J9

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