Towards a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy

Submitted by Alison Homer on June 15, 2017 - 7:00am

Tamarack’s Vibrant Communities Canada (VCC) is contributing to the Government of Canada’s large-scale public engagement process towards a federal Canadian poverty reduction strategy.  Through a partnership with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), VCC supported 27 Cities Reducing Poverty (CRP) members to host 31 consultations across 9 provinces and territories, representing over 600 participants. ESDC will be collating feedback from these consultations into a What We Heard report that will be presented to the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

In addition to supporting local consultations, VCC submitted a brief to HUMA, the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, as part of their study of poverty reduction strategies. Since October 2016, 74 briefs have been submitted to HUMA and 162 witnesses have been heard, including many VCC partners and CRP members.

Tamarack’s brief to HUMA presents our vision for a poverty-free Canada, highlights some of the common values of our network members, emphasizes the importance of local efforts in reducing poverty, identifies challenges of measuring poverty reduction in a pan-Canadian effort, and introduces VCC’s Game Changer innovative approach to poverty reduction strategy and evaluation.  

Read Tamarack’s Vibrant Communities Canada’s brief to HUMA, read other briefs in the HUMA brief archive, and stay tuned to www.vibrantcanada.ca to keep up-to-date on the federal consultation process and our evolving Game Changer framework.

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