Consulting Canadians on poverty reduction

From Employment and Social Development Canada

Current status: Closed

This consultation ran from February to August 2017. The goal was to speak with Canadians about reducing poverty. The ideas and stories shared will help inform the development of the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.

See the “What we heard” report for summaries of the discussions that took place.

What this consultation focused 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 completed an online consultation process between February and August 2017 to engage with Canadians on key issues related to poverty.

The online engagement was 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 and 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 was consulted

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

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

What we heard

Final reports

Ideas shared

Related information

Contact us

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