Kingston Mayor's Task Force on Poverty Report 2007

Submitted by Kingston on October 27, 2011 - 3:37pm
Author: Kingston Mayor's Poverty Task Force (2007)

The Task Force’s summary finding is simple: Poverty is the price the Kingston community pays for its economic, geographic, ideological, and organizational divides. The cost to the community is in human life and potential, tens of millions of dollars annually, and untold lost opportunity. Poverty alleviation alone is not good enough; we must pursue poverty reduction. The success of a community-wide poverty reduction initiative is almost entirely dependent on the community’s willingness to learn to work better together.

The report title, “Ready To Do Better,” reflects our certainty that the community is anxious to move past its traditional patterns of behaviour in the shared interest of reducing poverty, and is eager for leadership in doing so.