Today, Campaign 2000 releases its submission to the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy and convenes public forums in Winnipeg, Toronto and Charlottetown to discuss Canadians’ priorities for the Canada’s first poverty reduction strategy and make urgent recommendations for change.
Forum participants will connect via Skype and will insist the government’s strategy provides an effective plan to eradicate the number of Canadians – nearly five million – living in poverty.
“After decades of broken promises to end poverty, Canada’s first national Poverty Reduction Strategy must deliver a sea change in Canada’s infrastructure of supports and services that prevent and reduce poverty,” says Campaign 2000 National Coordinator Anita Khanna. “Poverty deprives millions of people of their dignity, health and opportunities. A comprehensive action plan must redraw the social contract for the tough realities families face today – precarious, low-wage work, skyrocketing housing and food costs, unaffordable childcare and unequal opportunities for marginalized people.”
Canada must now move pledges to eliminate poverty from rhetoric to reality and finally put people in poverty first. After decades of waiting, there is no choice – we must act now and get this strategy right.
Media Release: English and French
Submission: Federal Action Plan to Eradicate Poverty is available in English and French.
Infographics: Campaign 2000’s 10-year Action Plan for the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (includes a summary of targets, timelines and policy recommendations) and Poverty in Canada.
Anita Khanna, Campaign 2000: 416-788-3439 or 416-595-9230 x250.
Liyu Guo, Campaign 2000: 416-595-9230 x250 or 416-624-1885.
Sid Frankel, University of Manitoba, 204-474-9706
Adrienne Montani, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition, 604-877-4932 or 778-320-4561
Mary Boyd, PEI Coalition for a Poverty Eradication Strategy, 902-892-9074 or 902-388-2693