Consulting Canadians on poverty reduction

From Employment and Social Development Canada

Current status: Open

This engagement is now open

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

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to review the available Discussion Paper: Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy and participate in the online consultation process.

How to participate online

There are several ways to join the online conversation and participate in the online consultation:

  1. Take part in the discussion forum.
  2. Take an online survey!
  3. Share your story (video, photo, written or other)!
  4. Follow us on social media and join the discussion to #ReducePoverty!
    • Send us your story, photo or video and include @SocDevSoc in your tweet or @esdc-edsc in your Instagram post.
  5. Send us an email with your ideas on how to reduce poverty.

Participate in the online consultation now

In-person consultation

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is holding in-person events and roundtables with businesses, community organizations, academic experts, and Canadians who have experienced poverty.

In-person roundtables
Date Province/territory City Details
February 16, 2017 British Columbia Burnaby Roundtable with Metro Vancouver mayors
February 17, 2017 Alberta Edmonton Roundtable with Edmonton stakeholders
March 29, 2017 Ontario Toronto Roundtable on strengthening labour market attachment of low-income individuals
March 30, 2017 Manitoba Winnipeg Roundtable with Métis leadership
April 6, 2017 Ontario Hamilton Roundtable at Vibrant Communities Canada third annual poverty reduction summit 
April 13, 2017 Quebec Gatineau Roundtable on poverty and accessibility
April 19, 2017 Quebec City of Québec Roundtable with academics on targets and measurements
April 20, 2017 Quebec Montreal Roundtable on front-line service provider's perspective
April 20, 2017 Quebec Montreal Public town hall
May 11, 2017 Ontario Ottawa Roundtable with Inuit leadership
May 11, 2017 Quebec Gatineau Roundtable with national poverty stakeholders
May 23, 2017 Ontario Thunder Bay Public town hall from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
May 24, 2017 British Columbia Vancouver Public town hall with MP Joyce Murray at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information or to attend, contact Caleigh Garland at joyce.murray.c1b@parl.gc.ca.
June 3, 2017 Quebec/Ontario Gatineau/Ottawa Roundtable with Federation of Canadian Municipalities
June 5, 2017 Quebec/Ontario Gatineau/Ottawa Facebook live event from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT
June 29, 2017 British Columbia Constituency of Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon Public town hall with MP Jati Sidhu. For more information or to attend, contact Seamus Heffernan at (604) 814-5710 or jati.sidhu.c1@parl.gc.ca.

Community events

The Tamarack Institute and its Vibrant Communities are also facilitating community consultations on the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.

For more information, contact the Tamarack Institute:

Alison Homer, alison@tamarackcommunity.ca

In addition, there are other community events happening to discuss poverty reduction.

In-person events
Date Province/territory City Details
February 22, 2017 British Columbia Kamloops Tamarack Community Consultation
February 23, 2017 British Columbia Revelstoke Tamarack Community Consultation
February 23, 2017 Saskatchewan Saskatoon Tamarack Community Consultation
March 1, 2017 Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Tamarack Community Consultation
March 2, 2017 Alberta Calgary Tamarack Community Consultation
March 14, 2017 British Columbia Cranbrook Tamarack Community Consultation
March 16, 2017 British Columbia Nelson Tamarack Community Consultation
March 16, 2017 Yukon Whitehorse Tamarack Community Consultation
March 20, 2017 Saskatchewan Saskatoon Tamarack Community Consultation (second session)
March 22, 2017 British Columbia Kamloops Tamarack Community Consultation (second session)
March 22, 2017 Ontario Niagara Falls Tamarack Community Consultation
March 23, 2017 Ontario Mississauga Tamarack Community Consultation
March 24, 2017 Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Tamarack Community Consultation (second session)
March 27, 2017 Ontario Kitchener Tamarack Community Consultation
March 27, 2017 Ontario Leeds and Grenville Tamarack Community Consultation
March 30, 2017 Ontario Brampton Tamarack Community Consultation
March 30, 2017 Ontario Sault Ste. Marie Tamarack Community Consultation
April 19, 2017 Alberta Red Deer Tamarack Community Consultation
April 20, 2017 New Brunswick Charlotte County Tamarack Community Consultation
April 25, 2017 Ontario Windsor Tamarack Community Consultation
April 25, 2017 Alberta Edmonton Tamarack Community Consultation
April 26, 2017 Northwest Territories Yellowknife Tamarack Community Consultation
April 26, 2017 Ontario Burlington Tamarack Community Consultation
April 27, 2017 Nova Scotia Halifax Tamarack Community Consultation
April 28, 2017 Alberta Edmonton Tamarack Community Consultation
May 16, 2017 Nova Scotia Sydney Tamarack Community Consultation
May 23, 2017 Ontario Elgin St. Thomas Tamarack Community Consultation
May 25, 2017 British Columbia Abbotsford Tamarack Community Consultation
June 12, 2017 Ontario Toronto Campaign 2000 is hosting a Public Forum to discuss the Poverty Reduction Strategy on June 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information visit the Campaign 2000 Public Forum webpage.

What this consultation will focus on

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

Recognizing that poverty is a complex issue, the Government of Canada has launched an online consultation process to engage with Canadians on key issues related to poverty.

Individuals and organizations can participate in the online consultation process happening now until June 2017.

The online engagement will be complemented by roundtables with stakeholders; Indigenous organizations; businesses; community organizations; academic experts; and Canadians who have experience with poverty.

The information gathered from the online consultation process, along with the information gathered through in-person roundtables across Canada, will inform the development of Canada's Poverty Reduction Strategy. The Government will also work closely with partners in provincial, territorial and municipal governments to discuss how the federal government can strengthen its contribution to reducing poverty.

Who will be consulted

The nationwide consultation process will provide Canadians with an opportunity to have their say on reducing poverty. All Canadians are invited to participate in the online consultations.

Various stakeholders involved in poverty issues are invited to share their story and give their unique perspectives and feedback on these important issues. Stakeholders include national poverty, disability and Indigenous organizations, municipal organizations, academics and the Canadian public, among which are people who have experienced poverty and the people who serve them.

Contact us

Interested media can contact media relations.

Questions on this process can be sent to povertyreduction@canada.gc.ca.

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Video: Message from the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Transcript of video: Message from the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy

Canada is a prosperous and inclusive country, and yet, too many Canadians still live in poverty. It affects more than 3 million Canadians—which is about one in ten people.

Poverty is a complex problem. It has many causes and many consequences, and people living in poverty face diverse circumstances and needs.

As Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, I have been given by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the mandate of developing a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy that will assist Canadians living in poverty and those organizations that help them.

To accomplish this, we are holding online consultations to gather Canadians’ comments and opinions on poverty reduction.

These online consultations will be complemented by in-person roundtables with federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments, businesses, community organizations, academic experts as well as with Canadians who have lived or who are living in poverty.

We will also be consulting with Indigenous organizations to ensure that First Nations, Inuit and Métis people are fully heard.

I invite you to take part in our online consultation and share your comments with us. We want your opinion on what we can do to reduce poverty in Canada.

Together, let us work hard to give every Canadians a fair and real chance to succeed in our country.

Join the conversation! Participate in the online consultation now to #ReducePoverty in Canada. Visit Canada.ca/reduce-poverty for more details.

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