March 17, 2016 (St. Thomas, ON) - Karen Vecchio, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London
and Official Opposition Critic for Families, Children and Social Development, encourages
Canadians to participate in two initiatives to support the development of Canada's
Poverty Reduction Strategy: a nation-wide consultation process and a call for nominations
for a Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty.
The nation-wide consultation process will give Canadians an opportunity to have
their say on reducing poverty through a Poverty Reduction Strategy engagement website,
including discussion forums and online town halls. The online engagement will be
complemented by roundtables with provincial, territorial and municipal governments;
Indigenous organizations; businesses; community organizations; academic experts
and Canadians who have experienced poverty. The Government of Canada will also work
with Indigenous organizations to ensure the participation of First Nations, Inuit,
and Métis in the consultations. The input and feedback collected will provide valuable
information which will help shape the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.
The Government also launched a public call for nominations to invite interested
individuals who have experience with poverty and poverty reduction to apply for
the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty.
The Advisory Committee's work will complement these public consultations. The Committee
will act as a sounding board and a forum for in-depth discussion on issues related
to poverty reduction. Specifically, the Committee's role will be to discuss and
test ideas generated in the public consultations, and provide independent expertise
and advice on issues that could include:
- identifying priority areas of action;
- aligning federal government actions to reduce poverty with those of the provinces
and territories; and
- replicating innovative approaches to poverty reduction at the national level.
The Committee will be composed of leaders, practitioners, and experts in poverty
reduction from areas such as academia, service delivery and business, as well as
international academics or researchers on poverty. It will also include Canadians
how have lived experiences of poverty.
Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy: Discussion Paper
Consulting Canadians on poverty reduction: consultation
Advisory Committee on Poverty