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Ottawa Must Get Serious about Poverty Reduction
Published on 14/01/2016
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.
ISBN – 1-55382-660-4