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Peel Region Ontario

Peel Region Poverty Reduction

Peel Region, Ontario, Canada

About My City: Peel Region

With a population of 1,405,000, poverty is a growing problem in Peel. In 2011, 17% or 222,680 of the population were living in low-income. Peel has a large immigrant and racialized population; more than 50% of Peel’s population are immigrants. We know that the rise in poverty tends to impact those most vulnerable in our community including recent immigrants, single parents, racialized communities, unattached seniors - especially women, families with young children, and persons with disabilities.

About My Organization: Peel Region Poverty Reduction

The Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee (PPRSC) was formed in 2008 in response to the Province of Ontario's announcement about the creation of the provincial poverty reduction strategy as well as to the growing and critical issue of poverty in Peel. Co-chaired by United Way of Peel Region and the Region of Peel, the Committee is comprised of a diverse number of agencies, grassroots organizations, stakeholders, non-profit sector as well as municipal and local governments committed to reducing poverty in the region. We recognize that in order to effectively address poverty, we must all work together – people experiencing poverty, residents, businesses, academia, all levels of government and the non-profit sector.

My Collaborative: Peel Region Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee

The monthly steering committee is co-chaired by the Region of Peel and United Way of Peel Region. Decisions are made by consensus is open to any organization or individual in the community. Priority areas include: economic opportunities, income security, food security, affordable/accessible transportation, and safe and affordable housing