Halton Ontario

Halton Poverty Roundtable

Halton Region, Ontario, Canada

About My City: Halton Region

Halton has a population of 500,000. When we think of the Halton area, poverty isn’t usually one of the first images that comes to mind. We often think of the beautiful natural landscape, the high standard of living that many enjoy or the numerous recreational opportunities at hand. But underneath this veneer of affluence, there is a very different Halton, a community in distress. This is the Halton where more than 28,000 residents live below the Statistics Canada Low Income Cut Off (LICO after tax), which is commonly used to measure Poverty in Canada. This is equivalent to 8.5 percent of Halton’s population and includes 1 out of every 10 children.

About My Organization: Halton Poverty Roundtable

A Halton Poverty Roundtable on has been formed to raise awareness about poverty and create an action plan to reduce it. Bringing together leaders from government/public sector, business/labour, the voluntary/community sector and people who live in poverty, the multi-sector group takes a broader, yet common approach to raise the issue and find solutions. The Oakville Community Foundation is working with this group. The backbone organization of the Halton Poverty Roundtable is the Integrated Planning Council, and it is governed in the style of representative democracy.

My Collaborative: Halton Poverty Roundtable

The Halton Poverty Roundtable (HPRT) was created as a result of several pivotal gatherings of community stakeholders. In June 2009 a gathering of concerned citizens, community and regional staff of Halton attended a three-day leadership event in Kitchener called: Reducing Poverty in Ontario – A Place-Based Approach. This inspired a local Halton Leadership Summit on Poverty Reduction in November 2010 that engaged participants from the business community, public sector, non-profit agencies, elected officials, faith groups and those with lived experience. The feedback from this Leadership Summit provided the Terms of Reference for the creation of a Halton Poverty Roundtable.