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 vision is No Neighbour in need. Our mission is to Mobilize community will to eliminate poverty in Halton. And our Intended impact statement is: By 2026, all residents will have a livable income and, as a result, have access to opportunities, resources, and supports to thrive and to fully participate in an inclusive Halton community. Our our priority is focused on liveable incomes, which we are achieving through four key strategies - scaling up Canada Learning Bond education and awareness building campaign to increase take-up rates, developing a local social procurement and community benefits program, scaling up alternative High School education programs for disengaged youth at risk for living in low income, and growing awareness of and advocate for a Guaranteed Annual Income and a Living Wage.