Recent Publications

September 2014 Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor

Caledon Institute social policy roundup
September announcements include Nova Scotia's Throne Speech and Ontario renewed poverty reduction strategy.  Search previous issues by jurisdiction and subject area on the Caledon website.

Fostering health through healing in Nunavut

Engaging the community to create a poverty reduction strategy
This case study looks at Nunavut’s shared leadership approach to developing a poverty reduction strategy. It discusses why healing from the wounds inflicted by colonialism is an integral part of The Makimaniq Plan: A Shared Approach to Poverty Reduction. In Inuktitut, Makimaniq means “empowerment” or “standing up for yourself.” The strategy grew out of intense collaboration between government and Inuit organizations, and public and non-governmental organizations, and resulted in the Collaboration for Poverty Reduction Act, in 2013. - See more at:

August 2014 Municipal Policy Monitor

Caledon Institute, Vibrant Canada and Collaborators
This edition of the Municipal Policy Monitor features details of the work to develop a poverty reduction strategy for Edmonton.  Search this and previous editions of the Monitor at the Caledon website.

Poverty Reduction Initiative 2014 Report

Plans for Action as a Community
Eliminating poverty remains one of the most potent and persistent challenges we face in our community. The statistics are daunting, and the real impact on human lives – people who are our neighbours, friends and family – can make your heart wince. So many of our children, families and neighbours are vulnerable to desperate circumstances, which can be caused in an instant by an unexpected layoff or a family breakup, an accident or sudden illness – or by ongoing cycles that span generations. Living in poverty means there is not enough money for the basics of a healthy life. Poverty imposes hard economic choices — between shelter and medicine, food and transportation, childcare and employment
opportunities, moving towards a self-sufficient future versus just getting through today. Collectively, we need to change these circumstances. When poverty is everybody’s business, we make real progress. With this report, we are pleased to highlight some of the meaningful progress that has been made over the past year, thanks to those who are part of this great effort — agencies who work with clients in poverty, policy makers who shape the environment that reduces or sustains poverty, individuals and families who live the experience every day, and all of us who must collectively understand this complex issue and stand together to one day eradicate the stress, suffering and hopelessness that walk hand
in hand with poverty. Access the full report: 2014 Report - Plans for Action as a Community

Poverty Reduction Initiative 2014 Report

Plans for Action as a Community

August 2014 Caledon Institute's Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitor

Monthly roundup of social-policy related announcements
Lots of activity in New Brunswick, Ontario and Alberta this month.  Check the Caledon website for previous issues of the Federal, Provincial/Territorial and Municipal Monitors, searchable by subject area.

August 2014 Caledon Institute's Federal Policy Monitor

Monthly roundup of social-policy related announcements
The summer break mean this month's Monitor is short and sweet.  See the Caledon website for previous issues and to search policy announcements by subject area.

Mayor's Task Force for the Elimination of Poverty in Edmonton

Working Group Orientation Forum
“Poverty is complex. Many are afraid to tackle it. But I am not. I will elevate the profile of poverty
elimination by bringing the weight of the mayor’s office.” Task Force Co-Chair, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson The attached slide deck from Edmonton’s Mayor’s Task Force for the Elimination of Poverty in Edmonton was recently shared with the volunteers to this initiative that aims to end poverty in Edmonton within a generation. The Task Force is composed of 22 members from a diverse group of leaders and stakeholders across sectors who have a stake in and are committed to a poverty-free future of the city. Access the slides here.

Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy

Realizing Our Potential
Ontario's new Poverty Reduction Strategy, Realizing Our Potential, is focused on ending homelessness and providing a stable foundation to help people rise out of poverty. The strategy will invest in initiatives that are evidence-based and measurable, so that Ontario can track its progress and get the best possible results for people. Realizing Our Potential recommits to reducing child poverty by 25 per cent. It will also help support those in poverty to access jobs, education and training opportunities, while continuing to maintain income security for vulnerable Ontarians.   New investments and initiatives include:  $42 million for the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative, which enables local governments to develop homelessness programs tailored to their community's unique needs, bringing the investment to a total of almost $294 million per year. Creating 1,000 new supportive housing spaces by allocating $16 million over three years to help Ontarians living with mental illness and addictions issues. Raising the maximum annual benefit for the Ontario Child Benefit -- which supports about one million children in more than 500,000 low- to moderate-income families -- to $1,310 per child as of July 2014. The province is indexing the benefit to inflation to help families keep up with the cost of living. Committing to provide health benefits for children and youth in low-income families to ensure they have access to services outside of publicly funded health care, such as prescription drugs, vision care and mental health services. $50 million over five years for a Local Poverty Reduction Fund designed to reward local solutions that demonstrate they are helping to lift people out of poverty.  The new strategy makes a strong commitment to funding programs based on evidence. To provide a better indication of where efforts are needed, and which investments are working, Ontario is creating new indicators to look at youth, long-term unemployment and certain vulnerable populations more closely. The province will seek expert advice on how to measure the problem of homelessness and collect data to generate evidence-based solutions. The province will also evaluate the effectiveness of its programs more broadly to ensure dollars are spent where they have the greatest impact. Reducing poverty and helping everyone realize their potential is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up by investing in people, building modern infrastructure and supporting a dynamic and innovative business climate. Quick Facts The strategy builds on Breaking the Cycle, Ontario’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy, launched in 2008. The original strategy helped lift 47,000 children and families out of poverty in the first three years. Since 2003, Ontario has committed more than $4 billion to affordable housing initiatives. Ontario continues to call on the federal government to be a partner in its poverty reduction efforts. A strong federal partner is necessary as the province works toward meeting its poverty reduction goals. Learn more: Realizing Our Potential Réaliser notre potentiel 2008's Breaking the Cycle Poverty Reduction Strategy

From Impact to Investment

The NFP experience with social impact bonds
Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are a new idea that uses private capital to fund preventive social interventions. They are generating high levels of both excitement and controversy. SIB advocates see them as a vehicle for innovation, while critics fear they are simply a new twist on government offloading of social spending. In fact, it is still early days and the evidence is not yet available to determine SIBs’ success, failure, threat or promise. The latest Sector Signal from Mowat NFP looks at the not-for-profit sector’s early experiences with SIBs and examines the challenges and opportunities of the model. Access the full report here. For more tools and resources on social enterprise, visit our library here.