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Recent Publications

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.

A Guide to Policy Engagement and Policy Influence

ROMA will improve policy engagement processes, influence change
The attached guide outlines the RAPID Outcome Mapping Approach (ROMA) which is an approach aimed at improving your policy engagement processes and influencing change.  ROMA comprises a suite of tools that any organisation can use at any stage in their policy engagement process to improve how
they diagnose the problem, understand the types of impact their work could have on policy-making,
set realistic objectives for policy inuence, develop a plan to achieve those objectives, monitor and
learn from the progress they are making and reect this learning back into their work. Access the guide here. For more tools and resources on policy and advocacy, visit out library here.

Making research work for your community

The following guidebook, Making Research Work for Your Community, was created as a result of a collaborative research project based out of New Haven, Connecticut. During these partnerships, the researchers reflected on what they experienced as best practices in community partnered research. The guidebook is a result of their work together and the findings of their interviews with 20+ community leaders and university researchers. It is intended to help communities and community organizations in their decisions to: Conduct their own research Work effectively with university researchers; Maximize the value of community-university research relationships Access the guidebook here.  

Housing Stability Service Planning Framework

Toronto's plan to address housing stability
The City of Toronto's Housing Stability Service Planning Framework will help shape the transformation of Toronto's housing and homelessness services into an integrated, client-centered, outcome-focused service system that will enable residents to remain in their homes longer and improve their well-being. It will guide Shelter, Support and Housing Administration (SSHA), other City divisions, and the community partners on which it depends in the planning, management, and delivery of SSHA's full range of housing and homelessness services over the next five years as we transition from a system that is now primarily focused on the administration of social housing programs and emergency responses to homelessness. Access the report here. Learn more: For more resources on housing and homelessness, visit our library

Municipal Monitor

July 2014
This month includes a focus on housing and homelessness and transportation.   See the Caledon website for previous issues, searchable by municipality and subject.

Caledon Institute Provincial/Territorial Monitor

July 2014
Summer announcements include items related to the Ontario general election.  See the Caledon website for previous issues, searchable by date, jurisdiction and subject.

Caledon Institute Federal Policy Monitor

July 2014
Summer may be quiet, but policy never rests.  See the Caledon site for previous editions, searchable by jurisdiction and topic.

Caledon and Collaborators' Municipal Monitor

June 2014
This month's Municipal Monitor includes an item about Saskatoon's Collaborative Funding Partnership - a model for helping community-based organizations and funders come together to reduce competition and service duplication while building capacity and sharing resources. See the Caledon website's Policy Monitor page for previous, searchable issues.