Poverty is an issue that affects all communities, including Waterloo Region, and we all have a moral obligation to solve it. All levels of government, and all members of our community must be committed to a solution.
Following a year long study, the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) tabled a report entitled “Breaking the Cycle: A Study on Poverty Reduction.”
Throughout the year, HUMA held 26 meetings, heard testimony from 162 witness, received 74 written submissions, and traveled to six different cities to hearing from witnesses and conduct site visits, resulting in 53 recommendations focused on improving federal income support and savings programs, the promotion of employment, education, and training, housing support, community initiatives and or mental health support.
Locally, we have an incredible group of non-profits in our region, doing great work on poverty, and we wanted to ensure we captured their experiences and ideas.
Over fifty constituents, both from non-profits and individuals, participated in small groups, recording answers to a number of specific questions regarding direction, implementation, and evaluation of a poverty reduction strategy.
Participants chose to focus on four key demographics affected by poverty: Students, Families, Seniors, and People with Disabilities, and in small discussion groups, we talked about the ideas and experiences in the room.
Those ideas from each discussion group have been collected in this report, and a copy has been provided to Minster Duclos’ office. It is also available publicly on our websites, and in print form at our community offices.
We want to thank Langs for hosting us, and thank every one who came out to contribute their ideas and experiences. Our hope is that Minister Duclos considers the ideas in this report when preparing the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.