Canada Without Poverty Releases 2015 Poverty Progress Profiles

Canada Without Poverty recently released their 3rd edition of the Poverty Progress Profiles for the Canadian provinces and territories. They are intended to provide the general public, media and policy makers with information on poverty indicators and context so they can get a better sense of what different regions have achieved with regards to poverty.

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Federal election 2015: questions for candidates

The Canadian Public Health Association has developed a number of fact sheets and questions for candidates about social determinants of health (including basic income guarantee to eliminate poverty and early childhood education and care). Their website also has non-partisan tools to engage candidates and rally support for these important issues.





Disclaimer: the link is provided for information purposes and does not necessarily reflect the views of Poverty Free Saskatchewan.

AGPR Poverty Reduction Strategy Recommendations

The Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction has released their report with recommendations for the province of Saskatchewan’s poverty reduction strategy.

An article in today’s issue of the StarPhoenix discusses the new report and Minister Harpauer’s response.

Upcoming Webinar about Basic Income

Community Food Centres Canada is hosting a webinar titled ‘Basic Income — Giving Canadians a Solid Floor to Stand On’ on September 30, 2015 from 12:00-13:00 ET. The webinar will feature panelists who advocate for basic income: Hugh Segal (University of Toronto, former senator) and Dr. Andrew Pinto (Centre for Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto). The director of Food Secure Canada, Diana Bronson, will also speak about Eat Think Vote – a national campaign for food security.

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The discussion about basic income continues

An article by Nathan Raine in the latest issue of Planet S Magazine discusses the potential for basic income pilot projects in Canada. After the Mincome experiment in Dauphin, MB was abandoned decades ago, the idea has resurfaced because of its potential to improve health, educational attainment, and reduce crime.

Simon Enoch (who has been involved with Poverty Free Saskatchewan’s steering committee) is quoted in the article. “One of the reasons why the guaranteed minimum income is coming back into vogue is that we increasingly see that people who work 40 hours a week aren’t making it,” says Enoch. “We’ve gotten to this low-wage economy, where some people are paid by the task instead of hour. So this would be a way to give a baseline floor to which no one would fall.”

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How Canada tried to eradicate poverty with guaranteed income

This article by Audrey Adam on the WLRN Public Radio website revisits some of the successes found with basic income experiments in Canada and the United States as Utrecht in the Netherlands makes news for starting a basic income program. The article mentions the famous “MINCOME” experiment, which took place in Dauphin, MB in the 1970’s. During the four years of Mincome, many positive effects were found, including an increase in high school graduation rates and a decrease in hospital utilization.

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Sask. government hears ideas on poverty reduction strategy: StarPhoenix

The Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction held a roundtable consultation in April to get input from members of community organizations and the general public into the development of the province’s upcoming poverty reduction strategy. Representatives from Poverty Free Saskatchewan were in attendance and provided feedback. This article by Charles Hamilton in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix showcases some opinions from advocates, including the need to have clear targets and timelines.


Does legislation reduce poverty?

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.

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Comparing Apples and Oranges? Poverty Reduction Strategies in Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, and Québec can be found here:

Presentation from AGPR Poverty Reduction Roundtable

On April 28, 2015, the Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction organized an event to gather feedback from stakeholders which could be used to guide the development of the upcoming provincial poverty reduction strategy. Liz Weaver from Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement facilitated the workshop which included provincial context and small group discussions about ‘moving from priorities to impact.’

The PowerPoint slides (in PDF) from the workshop can be found here: AGPR Poverty Roundtable Presentation April 2015.

Smart Social Programs

In an opinion piece in the New York Times, Jason Furman argues that “investing in families” (e.g. financial and nutrition assistance programs for low-income families) have a very positive impact on, not only these families, but society as a whole. Contrary to what some skeptics believe, these programs can have long-term positive effects and do not appear to increase dependency. Recent evidence suggests that these benefits are not captured in short-term outcomes. In the long-term, these types of programs have been found to be cost-effective (e.g. reducing crime and health care expenditures).