Canadians Will Have Their Say On Poverty Reduction Strategy
Consultations and Advisory Committee Opportunities
March 17, 2017
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.
For more information, please contact:
Kaylie Kuipers, Office of Karen Vecchio, MP