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Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy – Have Your Say

Posted on April 19, 2017

The Government of Canada is committed to the development of a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy to ensure that all Canadians have a real and fair chance to succeed.

Recognizing that poverty is a complex issue, the Government of Canada has launched an online consultation process to engage with Canadians on key issues related to poverty.

Individuals and organizations can participate in the online consultation process happening now until June 2017.

The online engagement will be complemented by roundtables with stakeholders; Indigenous organizations; businesses; community organizations; academic experts; and Canadians who have experience with poverty.

The information gathered from the online consultation process, along with the information gathered through in-person roundtables across Canada, will inform the development of Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. The Government will also work closely with partners in provincial, territorial and municipal governments to discuss how the federal government can strengthen its contribution to reducing poverty.

Who will be consulted
The nationwide consultation process will provide Canadians with an opportunity to have their say on reducing poverty. All Canadians are invited to participate in the online consultations.

Various stakeholders involved in poverty issues, including municipal organizations, national poverty stakeholders, national Indigenous organizations, national disability stakeholders, academics and the Canadian public, including people who have experienced poverty and the people who serve them, are invited to share their story and give their unique perspectives and feedback on these important issues.

How to participate
There are several ways to join the online conversation and participate in the online consultation:

– Take part in the discussion forum.
– Take an online survey! (
– Share your story (video, photo, written or other)!
– Follow us on social media and join the discussion to #ReducePoverty!
– Send us your story, photo or video and include @SocDevSoc in your tweet or @esdc-edsc in your Instagram post.

Send us an email with your ideas on how to reduce poverty