Recent Publications

Comprehensive Bibliography: The Dollars and Sense of Solving Poverty

Resource Type: Publication | Author: National Council on Welfare
Comprehensive Bibliography to The Dollars and Sense of Solving Poverty - The National Council of Welfare's new report, The Dollars and Sense of Solving Poverty, shows that Canada is at a crossroads. We're paying a fortune for poverty in some areas and not getting results. The Report's comprehensive bibliography offers a wealth of links and resources from within Canada and around the world that the Council explored and drew upon in the drafting of the Report. It is divided into three main sections: Canadian studies, American studies and International studies.  Canadian studies have been subdivided into six categories: General Policies and Programs Housing Early Education Programs Education Health At the end of the bibliography, you will find a chronology of newspaper articles on the subject.

The Dollars and Sense of Solving Poverty

Resource Type: Publication | Author: National Council on Welfare
The Dollars and Sense of Solving Poverty - National Council of Welfare - The National Council of Welfare's new report shows that Canada is at a crossroads. We're paying a fortune for poverty in some areas and not getting results. In other areas, we have policies that are a far better bargain that don't get much attention. Can we change the balance? The report looks at cost of poverty studies - from cities, provinces and other countries - and the expensive spending patterns they reveal. Then it focuses on the benefits of alternatives, where there is good evidence and Canadian experience to lead the way. The report draws on research ranging from economics to philosophy, culture, governance, and epidemiology. This resource also includes a summary report.

Achieving Financial Stability in Today's Changed World

Resource Type: Article | Author: Adam Spence
From The Philanthropist comes an article, Acheiving Financial Stability in Today's Changed World, by Adam Spence. Adam Spence has focused his work on community development, education, social finance, social innovation, and public policy change for over ten years. Adam is currently Manager, Special Projects, with Social Innovation Generation (SiG) at MaRS and founder of the Social Venture Exchange (SVX) initiative. Adam's premise is that we [in the social sector] need to understand our current conditions and challenges in order to determine what we can do to build long-term financial sustainability for the sector. Access the article here.

Peterborough Poverty Reduction Strategy

Resource Type: Publication | Author: Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network
The Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network is a community-based collaboration which has worked to bring together local poverty reduction efforts through various initiatives since December, 2006. In its current form, the Network consists of a Steering Committee, a Planning Committee and seven issue-specific Work Groups. The Network is also supported by a broader Resource Network of community partners. (See Figure 1). The purpose of this Poverty Reduction Plan is to present a brief overview of the Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network and to draw together the work plans of each of the Work Groups in one document.

Halton Poverty Roundtable Framework for Change

Resource Type: Publication | Author: Halton Poverty Roundtable
A short resource that outlines Halton Poverty Roundtable's Framework for Change, mission and history.

The Magic in Being ALIV(e)

Resource Type: Case Study | Author: Opportunities Waterloo Region
In 2007, the Leadership Roundtable, ALIV(e) and Opportunities Waterloo Region staff members
came together to develop a comprehensive community poverty prevention and reduction plan in
which four root causes were identified. 1) Failure to listen to the voices of people with lived
experience of poverty, 2) Social policies that stand in the way of forward movement out of poverty,
3) Community and government systems, and 4) Societal attitudes towards people living in poverty. The story you are about to read highlights the collaborative effort made by Opportunities Waterloo
Region and ALIV(e) to tackle the #1 root cause by increasing the voices of people with lived
experience of poverty in their community. You will also see how ALIV(e)’s existence and activities
impact the other three root causes.

Collaborative Partnerships Sprout Community Gardens

Resource Type: Publication | Author: Opportunities Waterloo Region
In 2007, members of the Leadership Roundtable, Awareness of Low Income Voices (ALIV(e)), and
Opportunities Waterloo Region (Opportunities) staff met to develop a plan for the prevention and
reduction of poverty in the community. Four root causes of poverty were identified: 1) failure to
heed the voices of people with lived experience of poverty; 2) social policies that impede the
escape from poverty; 3) community and government systems; and 4) societal attitudes toward
people living in poverty. The story you are about to read highlights the contributions made by Opportunities to tackle
the third root cause: increasing the capacity of local community systems (while at the same
time increasing food security). You will also see how this project has had an impact upon the
first and second root causes.

Increasing Access to Free Tax Clinics in Waterloo Region

Resource Type: Publication | Author: Opportunities Waterloo Region
An evaluation report that includes an assessment of current free tax preparation clinics in the region, suggestions for improvement and more.  Access the report here.

Putting People First: Exploring the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach in Waterloo Region

Resource Type: Publication | Author: Opportunities Waterloo Region
The ultimate goal of the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach is to eradicate poverty by
presenting cutting-edge strategies for addressing and eliminating issues that perpetuate those
living conditions. Application of the SLA is in the experimental stages of development in Canada. For
the most part, the approach has been successfully implemented in rural communities existing
under conditions of extreme poverty in other areas of the world such as Indonesia, Zambia,
and Cambodia (refer to DFID’s website: www.livelihoods.org). There is no template to
follow, however, for Canadian urban areas. We consider our one-year project in Waterloo
Region a basic exploratory step and certainly the first attempt at applying SLA theory in this
region. We humbly acknowledge that our accomplishments in the past year are only a few
small steps towards achieving the SLA’s ultimate goal. The primary objectives of this pilot project were to: Develop local SLA knowledge and expertise Begin initial exploration of the SLA by means of integrating theory into practice Support community agencies to custom design the SLA for their use Report on the findings and produce a comprehensive document to share the learning. Find this and other Opportunities Waterloo Region Reports here.

Collaborating to Reduce Poverty Among Seniors

Resource Type: Publication | Author: Opportunities Waterloo Region
Since 1997, Opportunities 2000 has sought to develop strategies and develop community partnerships toward the reduction and prevention of poverty in Waterloo Region. Through a significant community consultation process in 2001, Opportunities 2000 brought together many community stakeholders for the purpose of determining high impact strategies for poverty reduction. At that time considerable media attention was focused on the lack of uptake of the Guaranteed Income Supplement across Canada. The issue quickly emerged as a priority area for Opportunities 2000 to address.  Find the report here.