Ont. pledges $50 million to fight poverty

Posted on April 9, 2015 in Governance Debates

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Apr 8, 2015.   Antonella Artuso, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief

TORONTO — Local community groups on the front lines of the battle against poverty may be eligible to tap into a $50-million fund set up by the Ontario government.

Deb Matthews, president of the Treasury Board, announced Tuesday that the Local Poverty Reduction Fund will support local initiatives that prevent and lift people out of poverty.

“Our partners know their communities and what makes a difference for people living in poverty,” Matthews said in a statement. “We have an opportunity to capture innovative solutions from across the province that are working to help people become healthier, more ready for employment and better able to contribute to their communities.”

Projects which may qualify for funding include those that assist groups such as single parents, newcomers and aboriginals who are disproportionately impacted by poverty, the government says.

The $50-million fund will be spent over six years.

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