A research note by Erin AuCoin, Lauren Hills, Geranda Notten from the University of Ottawa compared and described poverty reduction strategy (PRS) processes in four provinces: Quebec, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Ontario to better understand PRS’s across jurisdictions in Canada. The authors looked at the history of each province’s PRS process; the sequencing of the process’ activities up to the Fall of 2014 (timelines); and the goals, objectives, indicators, and targets expressed in the strategy.
A subsequent article by Notten for the On Poverty Reduction website discussed the potential need for legislation in the PRS process using data from the research note. Out of the four provinces in the analysis, three incorporated poverty reduction legislation. The author concluded that incorporating legislation into a provincial poverty reduction strategy appears to help move poverty reduction efforts forward, through improved accountability.
Link to the On Poverty Reduction blog article: http://www.onpovertyreduction.ca/2015/05/legislation/