Submit your application to become a member of the Advisory Committee on Poverty

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To support the development and implementation of the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Government of Canada is creating a Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty.

A public call for nominations is now open to interested individuals who have experience with poverty and poverty reduction to apply for the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty.

The committee will be composed of leaders, practitioners, and experts in poverty reduction from areas such as academia, service delivery and business, as well as international academics or researchers on poverty. It will also include people who have experienced poverty. Refer to the Eligibility details for more information.

Deadline to submit a nomination has been extended to March 27, 2017 (23:59 PST).

Eligibility details

Selection criteria for leaders, practitioners and experts in poverty reduction

Individuals with experience in poverty reduction from areas such as academia, service delivery, business and/or international expertise who are interested in becoming a member of the Advisory Committee on Poverty can submit their application by filling out a Nomination Questionnaire.

In order to be considered, applicants must have knowledge of and experience with poverty and poverty reduction in one of the following field areas:

Selection criteria:

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of the following selection criteria:

In order to be considered, applicants must have knowledge of and experience with poverty and poverty reduction in one of the following field areas:

  1. Academic
  2. Service delivery (e.g. service providers)
  3. Business
  4. International expertise (e.g. international academics or researchers on poverty)

Individuals submitting a Nomination Questionnaire through this process must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons as per the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, with the exception of applicants with international expertise.

Individuals submitting a Nomination Questionnaire through this process must be 18 years of age or older as of January 1, 2017.

Applicants will also be assessed on the following General selection criteria and Area-specific selection criteria:

General selection criteria:

  • Ability to participate in discussions about policy options, programs and services.
  • Ability to work with partners, clients or stakeholders to build consensus or deliver on a shared product or project.
  • Available and willing to participate as a Committee member for a 12-month period.

Area-specific selection criteria

Area 1 – Academic area
  • Knowledge and expertise related to understanding the determinants of poverty, statistical indicators related to measuring poverty and poverty reduction, knowledge and data gaps in poverty research, or government actions supporting poverty reduction (e.g. social, economic, health, legal).
  • Canadian citizenship or status as a permanent resident or protected person within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Area 2 – Service delivery
  • Knowledge of and experience with the determinants of poverty or supporting poverty reduction (e.g. social, economic, health, legal) such as having experience in the administration or delivery of programs or services to reduce poverty, including community-based programs or services (e.g. food programs, shelter services, affordable housing programs and financial literacy).
  • Canadian citizenship or status as a permanent resident or protected person within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Area 3 – Business area
  • Experience in developing or leading community or charitable events for a company or conducting community outreach (e.g. corporate social responsibility).
  • Experience in working on projects that require an understanding of how changes in economic, industry and workforce conditions impact workforce strategies, hiring policies and costs, or employer-employee contracts.
  • Canadian citizenship or status as a permanent resident or protected person within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Area 4 – International expertise area
  • Knowledge of and expertise in the determinants of poverty, statistical indicators measuring poverty and poverty reduction, or government actions supporting poverty reduction (e.g. social, economic, health).

Before submitting your application through the Nomination Questionnaire

Interested applicants are encouraged to refer to the Eligibility details, Terms of reference and the Privacy Statement on this page before submitting their application through the Nomination Questionnaire.

Through the Nomination Questionnaire, you will be asked to answer eligibility, selection criteria and diversity questions. You will also be asked about your availability, fields of expertise, areas of knowledge and experience related to poverty issues and poverty reduction. Candidates will also be asked to give examples demonstrating their experience, describing their level of involvement in relevant projects or initiatives (e.g. role, duration of their involvement or time commitment, etc.) and their contribution and achieved results.

The Nomination Questionnaire will be used in the assessment of how candidates meet the selection criteria for the area of Committee membership to which they are seeking a nomination.

You will have the option to save your Nomination Questionnaire and return to it before submitting your final version. Saving your Nomination Questionnaire will not submit it. You may only submit one Nomination Questionnaire.

Submit your Nomination Questionnaire

Selection Criteria for persons with a lived experience of poverty

If you have personally experienced living in poverty or if you are a service provider who knows someone who is living in poverty, you can submit a letter of nomination for the Advisory Committee on Poverty by email or by mail.

To be considered, the nomination letter should include examples of how you or the individual you are nominating meets each of the following requirements:

  • Living or having lived in poverty for at least three consecutive years over the last 10 years and having been in receipt of government or private programs and services that help to reduce poverty (e.g., food banks, thrift stores, Social Assistance or Welfare, Disability benefits).
  • Ability to participate in discussions, including clearly presenting ideas, listening to others and suggesting ways to find solutions.
  • Available and willing to participate as a Committee member for a 12-month period.
  • Canadian citizen or a permanent resident or protected person within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Before submitting your letter of nomination

Please ensure that: the candidate is interested in participating in the committee; they were informed of and provided with the privacy statement; they agree to be nominated; and they agree to be contacted by Employment and Social Development Canada for the purposes of the selection process for this committee.

Potential interested candidates are encouraged to refer to the Eligibility details, Terms of reference and the Privacy Statement on this page before their letter of nomination is submitted by email or mail.

Submit your letter of nomination

Contact us if you require another format to submit your application.

By email:
povertyreduction@canada.gc.ca
By mail:
Social Policy Directorate
Advisory Committee on Poverty
140 Promenade du Portage, 3rd floor
Gatineau, QC K1A 0J9

The nomination period is from February 13 - March 27, 2017 (23:59 PST).

Only completed Nomination Questionnaires submitted by this date will be considered.

Diversity

To assist us in achieving our goal of diversity in the Advisory Committee member representation, questions about your field of expertise, sector of affiliation, area of residence and demographic profile will also be asked. We welcome and encourage applications from a broad cross-section of experts, practitioners, leaders from the not-for-profit and private sectors, as well as members of various groups including: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. Since the Government of Canada will consider diversity in assessing candidates, preference may be given to candidates from one or more of the above-mentioned groups.

More information about the Advisory Committee

About the Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee on Poverty will be a forum for information sharing and independent discussion on poverty and poverty reduction. Its members will act as a sounding board and will provide advice to the Minister on a range of poverty-related issues.

The Advisory Committee will include members who have knowledge of and experience with poverty and poverty reduction in the following five areas: persons who have experienced poverty, academia, service delivery, business and international expertise on poverty.

The Advisory Committee members will also be representative of Canada’s diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, regions and official languages.

The Advisory Committee will operate for a period of one year. Members must be available and willing to participate over the entire period of the Advisory Committee’s work, which is expected to be 12 months.

Following the completion of the selection process, the Government will announce the final membership of the Advisory Committee in spring 2017.

For more information about the Advisory Committee, its role and Committee meetings, please consult the Terms of Reference.

About the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy

The Government of Canada is committed to developing a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy to reduce poverty and improve the economic well-being of all Canadian families so that they can have a real and fair chance to succeed.

Poverty is a complex issue that affects more that 3 million Canadians. That means that 1.9 million families struggle to make ends meet.

The information gathered by the Advisory Committee on Poverty will inform the development of Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Learn more about the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Terms of reference

Mandate

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, has a mandate to develop a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (hereafter the Strategy) that would set targets to reduce poverty as well as measure and publicly report on progress.

To support the development and implementation of the Strategy, the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty (hereafter the Committee) will complement other engagement activities in support of the development of the Strategy.

Scope of work

The Advisory Committee would be a forum to facilitate in-depth discussion on issues related to poverty reduction and would support the Minister by:

  • being a sounding board to test and discuss ideas on poverty reduction generated via the public engagement process;
  • recommending priority areas of action for the Strategy;
  • identifying innovative approaches to poverty reduction; and
  • offering advice on how to align the objectives of the Poverty Reduction Strategy with other government priorities.

Duration

The Committee will operate for a period of one year. The Minister would announce the Committee and its membership in spring 2017.

Membership

The Advisory Committee will include leaders, practitioners and experts in the area of poverty reduction from a diverse range of areas including academia, international academics or researchers on poverty, business, persons who have experienced poverty and service providers.

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) hopes to establish a Committee that will be representative of Canada’s diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, regions and official languages.

Meeting participation

Committee members must be available to commit their time over a period of 12 months.

Members may attend Committee meetings either in person, by teleconference or by online videoconference.

Members will report to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

Compensation, travel and accommodation

Committee members will not receive per diem for conducting the Committee's work. However, ESDC will reimburse members for applicable accommodation and travel costs when attending meetings outside of their home community in accordance with section 9 of the Department of Employment and Social Development Act and applicable Treasury Board Directives such as the National Joint Council Travel Directive.

Secretariat

The Committee will be supported by a Secretariat housed within ESDC, which will provide organizational and logistical support.

Financial and human resources for the Secretariat will be provided through existing ESDC resources.

Privacy statement

Privacy statement

The information you provide is collected under the authority of section 9 of Department of Employment and Social Development Act (DESDA) and other applicable laws for the sole purposes of selecting members of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty. Participation in this call for nominations process is voluntary. Refusal to provide personal information or incomplete Nomination Questionnaires may result in your submission being removed from consideration. The personal information contained in your responses to the Nomination Questionnaire form or Nomination letter will be accessed by Government of Canada officials.

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) uses the services of a third-party service provider to manage the Public Call for Nominations process: FluidSurveys. The service provider is a do-it-yourself online survey tool that is not the property of ESDC and is not subject to the Privacy Act or the Access to Information Act. For more information about FluidSurveys, refer to their Terms of Service and Privacy Statement. Since FluidSurveys is a subsidiary of SurveyMonkey, your information is also subject to the Privacy Policy of SurveyMonkey.

Once you complete the Nomination Questionnaire, FluidSurveys collects your responses and stores them for ESDC. FluidSurveys will not share your responses with any other of its users. If you do not submit the nomination by the end of the nomination period, you consent to ESDC’s disposal of your personal information upon closure of the nomination period. Submitted nominations will be kept for two years. You have the right to the protection of, access to and correction of your personal information, which is described in Personal Information Bank ESDC PSU 919, Members of Boards, Committees and Councils. Instructions for obtaining this information are outlined in the government publication entitled Info Source, which is available at the following website address: https://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/hgw-cgf/oversight-surveillance/atip-aiprp/ai/iapih-rpfr-eng.asp. Please refer to the name of the Committee when submitting an Access to Information Act or Privacy Act request: Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty.

Any questions, comments, concerns or complaints you may have regarding the activities of ESDC in administering the Advisory Committee on Poverty as they relate to the Privacy Act and the Department of Employment and Social Development Act may be directed to ESDC's Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator. If you are not satisfied with ESDC's response to your privacy concern, you may wish to contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner by telephone at 1-800-282-1376.

FluidSurveys is subject to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which applies to private-sector entities and protects your personal information from an unauthorized disclosure or commercial use. For more information, refer to the PIPEDA. Questions relating to your privacy rights in relation to FluidSurveys under the PIPEDA can also be addressed to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

Contact us

Social Policy Directorate
Advisory Committee on Poverty
140 Promenade du Portage, 3rd floor
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0J9
Email:
povertyreduction@canada.gc.ca

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