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LETS DO THIS: Lets End Child Poverty for Good

2015 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada
 
Child poverty is not inevitable, but that it is a result of choices
-Campaign 2000 Find Campaign 2000's national report card on Child Poverty. They advocate that 1 in 5 Canadian children live in poverty, and that this is by design, rather than inevitability. The group profiles child poverty, programs that pull children and families out of povert and end intergenerational poverty, and makes recommendations on how to reduce poverty.  See Campaign 2000's website for more details. The 2015 report card, entitled Let’s Do This: Let’s End Child Poverty for Good outlines the once in ageneration opportunity before Canada to eradicate child and family poverty. With the federal government committed to collaboratively developing a national poverty reduction strategy, Canada must seize the opportunity to finally end the child poverty crisis for good.The report card offers practical policy recommendations to all political parties to redress the persistence of child poverty in Canada.  Campaign 2000 presents the latest statistics on child and family poverty and outlines how it impacts on multiple dimensions of children’s lives – including health, mental health, educational achievement and future employment opportunities.Several Campaign 2000 partners’ are also releasing their provincial report cards on child and family poverty on November 24th, with media events planned in Vancouver, British Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Charlottetown, PEI.  
Please click on the following links for all report cards:Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada, 2015 in English and FrenchCheck out our Infographic & share it & follow us on Twitter: @Campaign2000. Use the hash tags #LetsDoThis and  #EndChildPoverty and #cdnpoli when you tweet.British Columbia 2015 Child Poverty Report CardManitoba Report Card on Child and Family Poverty, 2015Nova Scotia 2015 Report Card: End it Now. 

On the Margins

A glimpse of poverty in Canada
Citizens for Public Justice releases an annual report or update on poverty in Canada. Poverty in Canada is persistenly leaving people on the margins. The report reviews national, provincial/territorial, and city rates. It also reviews federal party commitments, leading up the the federal election, and calls for a comprehensive national anti-poverty plan.    http://www.cpj.ca/sites/default/files/docs/files/OnTheMargins.pdf    

Provincial/Territorial Monitor

October 2015
Lots of activity this month.  Highlights: Newfoundland and Labrador - a focus on caregiving, Ontario announces its ten-year homelessness plan, Manitoba reports progress on its mental health strategy and Alberta's new NDP government tables its first Budget. Five provinces announce Minimum Wage increases: Newfoundland/Labrador, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Federal Policy Monitor

October 2015
A quiet month as we waited for the election outcome, but Statistics Canada reports included the results of a Canadian demographic study, the impact of mental illness on family members, outcomes of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators program and details of youth labour force participation.

Provincial/Territorial Monitor

August 2015
August was an active policy month, particularly in Ontario and Manitoba.  Ontario's historic Political Accord with First Nations and a report from the province's Community Hub Frameword Advisory Group are highlights, as are disability announcements from Manitoba, Quebec and Ontario.  The long-awaited Saskatchewan Poverty Reduction Strategy took a step closer to its unveiling, with the presentation of the recommendations of the Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction.

Federal Policy Monitor

August 2015
August was quieter, policy-wise, as the election approaches.  Interesting postings from Statistics Canada and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Calgary's Poverty Reduction Strategy

Enough for All
Vibrant Communities Calgary, the City of Calgary, the local United Way, and Momentum jointly created the city-wide Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative in 2011 with the support of Mayor Naheed Nenshi. The management of the poverty reduction initiative is now based within Vibrant Communities Calgary, which houses the main poverty reduction documents: the strategy, the approach, the community engagement reports, and implementation plan. The Strategy sets out four main pillars: All Calgary communities are strong, supportive and inclusive Everyone in Calgary has the income and assets to thrive Everyone in Calgary can easily access the right supports, services and resources All Aboriginal people are equal participants in Calgary's prosperous future. The 3 key outcomes of the Strategy are: By 2023, 95% of all Calgarians live at or above the Low-Income Cut-Off Line. By 2023, 90% of all Calgarians live at or above 125% of Low-Income Cut-Off rates. By 2018, poverty reduction is considered a high priority by Calgarians The implementation plan is based on 5 strategies: Increase the understanding of poverty Do business differently Emphasizing community self-sufficiency Reduce the disparity of Aboriginal income and poverty Increase awareness about the urban Aboriginal experience Find the Strategy and relevant background documents attached below.

A Profile of Poverty in Edmonton

A Report for End Poverty Edmonton, the Mayor's Taskforce to Eliminate Poverty
The Edmonton Social Planning Council was commissioned to create a profile of poverty in Edmonton, AB that presents baseline data and trend analysis to inform the goals and activities of the municipality's End Poverty Edmonton initiative.  The goal of the initiative is to present a Poverty Elimination Strategy to city council by September 2015 and create a long-term 10-year implementation plan with the community. The report concludes that more investment and policy change is required from other levels of government.  However, it is important for the municipality to understand which investments will have the most impact.  Key themes from the report include: An increasingly expanding, diverse population experiencing income inequality  A strong economy but significant numbers of working poor households The highest rates of poverty occurring for children 6 years old and under Read the full report attached below

Getting to Impact: Planning for Poverty Reduction

With Thunder Bay, ON and Revelstoke, BC
August 2015's Getting to Impact: Planning for Poverty Reduction community of practice call hears from Bonnie Krysowaty of Thunder Bay's Lakehead Social Planning Council, and Jill Zachiarias of Revelstoke's Community Social Development Commitee.  Our poverty reduction representatives walk us through their cases for poverty reduction, the structure and process used to set up their collaborative initiatives, explain how they've established their priorities, the progress they've been making, and share some very insightful aha! moments.Our discussion period further explores establishing main priorities using a cost of living analysis, gaining buy-in from the municipality, inviting and sustaining partnerships with people of lived experience of poverty, and successes and unexpected challenges along the way.Watch the presentations and find related resources below.

Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance-A Living Wage

The Central Alliance for Poverty Reduction in Alberta has calculated their living wage for singles, couple families with two children, and single parents with one child, for both the City of Red Deer and major Central Alberta communities, respecting local realities.  The summary reports break down the calculations for each demographic, while the full report gives an overview of Central Alberta's population, income and employment levels, and family expenditures by category. The calculations reveal that couple families with two children require the highest wage in every community but Red Deer, and that in the City, it is single adults with one child who require the highest wages.  Wages for single adults were also higher in the rural communities due to housing prices and their inability to rely on public transportation. Policy Recommendations include: Employers to consider how paying a living wage will positively impact their businesses and employees School systems using the living wage reports to teach the cost of living to students Residents to consider the information in these reports when determining a community to live and work in. Click on the links below to read more about the living wage calculations in Red Deer and Central Alberta.