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.

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

How to participate

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

Contact us

Interested media can contact media relations.

Questions on this process can be sent to

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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 for more details.


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