Exploring Poverty Reduction Game Changers with VC Canada Members: Transportation

Submitted by Tamarack on October 18, 2016 - 7:01am
#3 in the VC Game Changer Series

We Are Looking for Your Ideas 

Help make this innovative approach work! Ideas and suggestions from Cities Reducing Poverty members and broader learners of the Vibrant Communities Canada network are critical to developing a solid foundation in which to identify key levers that have large impacts on poverty reduction. 

Once you have read about the framework and reviewed some of the Game Changers we have drafted, participate in the process by filling in the short survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZYSR2RP.

Defining a 'Game Changer'

The poverty reduction Game Changer series highlights eight priority areas and strategies, as identified by Vibrant Communities Canada and our Cities Reducing Poverty members, that elicit an array of positive, significant, and cascading outcomes towards reducing poverty.


#3 in the Game Changer Series: Transportation

This Game Changer encompasses affordable and accessible public transportation and innovative rural solutions that accommodate and cater to individuals with unique needs.

Affordable and accessible transportation impacts communities economically, environmentally, and socially. A key facilitator for community members to access employment and health care,it supports improved physical health and well-being. A robust public transportation system increases people’s capacity to shop for and consume goods and services, and opens doors to education and training, child care, quality food, recreation, and other basic services. It not only works to eliminate barriers faced by people living in poverty, but serves as a golden key to help connect people, deepen involvement and participation in community, and support active and healthy lives for citizens.

Recommendations for Best Practices and Policies


  • The Federal Gas Tax Fund – Provides predictable, long-term, stable funding for Canadian municipalities to support local infrastructure priorities including those within public transportation.




  • Charlotte County Dial-a-Ride – Community-based partnership that employs volunteer drivers to provide an affordable, accessible, dependable, safe, and inclusive rural transportation option.


Share this Game Changer with your network by downloading it as a PDF here.

Learn More

  • Access Mark Holmgren's presentation slides on the Game Changer Approach to Poverty Reduction
  • Find an Overview of the eight game-changing best practices and policies we are exploring in the poverty reduction network

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