October 9, 2013

Time for a New Poverty Reduction Strategy

The Government of Ontario has been asking people for input into a new provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy.

In December 2008, Ontario became the third province in Canada to implement a Poverty Reduction Strategy. Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador were the first two.

Ontario's first PRS -- Breaking the Cycle -- was influenced by the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction, which had called for a provincial strategy with targets, timelines and an action plan for reducing poverty in Ontario.

The 25 in 5 Network called for a strategy to cut poverty by 25% in five years (from 2008 to 2013), by 50% in ten years on the way toward eradicating poverty within twenty years. The call aimed at making sure every Ontario would have enough income to rise above the poverty line -- the Low Income Measure.