Apply to become a member of the National Advisory Council on Poverty: Step 1. Overview

Deadline to submit an application is January 29, 2019 (23:59 PST).

Step 1. Overview

On August 21, 2018, the Government of Canada released Opportunity for All – Canada's First Poverty Reduction Strategy with the vision of Canada as a world leader in poverty eradication. The Strategy introduces for the first time Canada’s Official Poverty Line (Canada's official measure of poverty); sets targets to reduce poverty by 20% by 2020 and by 50% by 2030 relative to 2015 levels; and commits to the establishment of a National Advisory Council on Poverty (hereinafter referred to as “the Advisory Council”) to advise the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development on poverty reduction. Further details about the Strategy can be found at Opportunity for All - Canada's First Poverty Reduction Strategy.

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development is launching a call for applications for membership of an Advisory Council, which would be composed of a Chairperson, a member with particular responsibilities for children’s issues, as well as members who have knowledge and experience of poverty-related issues. It would also include people living in poverty or with lived experience of poverty.

About the National Advisory Council on Poverty

The Advisory Council will advise the Government of Canada, through the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (the Minister), on the progress achieved to reduce the level of poverty in Canada. Specifically, the Advisory Council will:

  • produce an annual report for the Minister that will provide detailed information on the progress being made towards meeting the poverty reduction targets and other indicators being tracked under the Strategy, as well as advice on poverty reduction;
  • provide advice in relation to programs, funding and activities that contribute to poverty reduction;
  • undertake public engagement with various groups, including the academic community and other experts, Indigenous peoples and persons living in poverty or with lived experience of poverty; and
  • undertake any activity specified by the Minister.

The Advisory Council will be representative of Canada's diversity in terms of gender, regions, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities and official languages.

The Advisory Council will operate for at least 2 years. Members must be available and willing to participate over the entire period.

Further information about the Advisory Council is found in the Terms of Reference.

Members will be appointed by the Minister. Members will be paid, in connection with their work for the Advisory Council, the remuneration that may be fixed by the Governor in Council, pursuant to the Department of Employment and Social Development Act.  The remuneration rates for members are under review.

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