Consulting Canadians on poverty reduction
Current status: Closed
This engagement is closed
The Government of Canada is committed to developing a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy and consulted with Canadians between February and August 2017 to gather views to help develop this strategy.
Thank you to everyone who sent in their stories and feedback to help #ReducePoverty in Canada. In the coming months, the Government of Canada will release a report based on what was heard during the engagement process.
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 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.
As part of the consultation, Employment and Social Development Canada held in-person events and roundtables with businesses, community organizations, academic experts and Canadians who have experienced poverty.
|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 18, 2017||Ontario||Brampton||Roundtable on poverty led by MP Sonia Sidhu. For more information, contact Sharandeep Natt at 905-846-0076 or firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|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 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.|
|May 24, 2017||British Columbia||Vancouver||Public town hall with MP Joyce Murray at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information or to attend, contact Caleigh Garland at email@example.com.|
|May 25, 2017||Quebec||Laval—Les Îles||Consultation with MP Eva Nassif, MP Fayçal El-Khoury, MP Angelo Iacono and MP Yves Robillard.|
|June 1, 2017||Nova Scotia||Halifax||Roundtable|
|June 2, 2017||Quebec||Sherbrooke||Roundtable on poverty and affordable housing led by the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Member of Parliament for Compton-Stanstead and Minister of International Development and La Francophonie. For more information, contact Mylène Ouellette 819-347-2598 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|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.|
|June 8, 2017||Quebec/Ontario||Gatineau/Ottawa||Roundtable with National Indigenous Organizations|
|June 27, 2017||British Columbia||North Vancouver||Roundtable on poverty led by MP Jonathan Wilkinson. For more information or to attend, contact the Office of Jonathan Wilkinson at 604-775-6333 or Jonathan.Wilkinson@parl.gc.ca|
|June 28, 2017||Ontario||Peterborough||Public town hall, from 2:30 to 5:00, at Mark Street United Church (90 Hunter Street East, Peterborough) with the Honourable Maryam Monsef, member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha and Minister of Status of Women. Participants are asked to register in advance online at MaryamMonsef.ca/events, by phone at 705-745-2108, or by email at email@example.com.|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|June 29, 2017||Quebec||
|Public town hall with the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., at La Maison de la Coopération et de l’Économie Solidaire de Québec (155, Blvd Charest E, Québec, QC, G1K 3G6). For more information or to participate, please call 418-523-6666.|
|June 29, 2017||Ontario||
Roundtable on Rural Poverty and Affordable Housing with MP Mike Bossio, PS Adam Vaughan and MP Neil Ellis, from 2:30pm – 4:30pm, at the Gerry Masterson Community Centre, 516 Harmony Road, Corbyville
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|September 14, 2017||Ontario||
|Roundtable about poverty among Indigenous people living in urban areas|
|September 14, 2017||Ontario||
|Roundtable about racialized poverty and the Black community|
|September 14, 2017||Ontario||
|Roundtable about racialized poverty|
The Tamarack Institute and its group Vibrant Communities Canada also facilitated community consultations on the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.
For more information, contact Alison Homer at the Tamarack Institute.
|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 11, 2017||Nova Scotia||Cape Breton||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|
|May 31, 2017||Ontario||Ottawa||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.|
|June 14, 2017||British Columbia||Vancouver||BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition are co-hosting a discussion on the Poverty Reduction Strategy on June 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information (including registration), visit the Community Consultation: Towards a Federal Poverty Reduction Strategy event website.|
|June 23, 2017||Ontario||Toronto||Women’s Habitat of Etobicoke is hosting a discussion on the Poverty Reduction Strategy from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EDT) at Working for Change (1499 Queen Street West, Suite 203, Toronto). The event is for women and people who identify as genderqueer who have experienced poverty. Social workers, outreach workers, and other representatives from agencies who serve them, are also welcome. The event is being hosted at an accessible space. Transit tokens and breakfast will be provided. Interested participants are asked to register by contacting Laura Buccioni at email@example.com or 416-252-7949, ext. 237.|
|August 22, 2017||Ontario||Toronto||Friends Helping People End Poverty, in cooperation with Yonge Street Mission, is hosting a discussion on the Poverty Reduction Strategy from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (EDT) at Yonge Street Mission (306 Gerrard Street East). For more information, contact Joel Klassen at 416-929-9614, ext. 3259.|
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- Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy – Discussion Paper
- Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy – A backgrounder on poverty in Canada
- News Release: Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy
- News Release: Tackling Poverty Together Project studies poverty in six Canadian communities
- News Release: Canadians will have their say on the country's Poverty Reduction Strategy
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