Ottawa Must Get Serious about Poverty Reduction

Posted on January 22, 2016 in Social Security Debates – Announcements
January 2016.   Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman and Michael Mendelson,

This op ed was published in the Globe and Mail on October 29, 2015. It called upon the federal government to develop a National Poverty Strategy. Every province and territory but British Columbia has a poverty reduction strategy in place or in development. Several cities do as well.

Despite Ottawa’s responsibility for more than three-quarters of income security payments in the country, it had not assumed leadership on this front over the past ten years. While a National Poverty Strategy is no panacea, it can set important goals, create mechanisms to monitor progress, and improve coordination of the government departments and non-governmental organizations involved in the multiple routes to poverty reduction – including training, literacy programs, affordable housing and reformed social assistance.

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