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The Federal Government has released its Poverty Reduction Strategy

Published on August 29th, 2018

"Overall, Opportunity for All brings together new investments of $22 billion that the Government has made since 2015 to support the social and economic well-being of all Canadians. These actions will help lift about 650,000 Canadians out of poverty by 2019, with more expected as the impacts of these investments are realized in the years to come.

Opportunity for All also sets the foundation for future government investments in poverty reduction. It is based on three pillars to focus Government actions to reduce poverty: Dignity; Opportunity and Inclusion; and Resilience and Security.

For the first time in Canada's history, the Strategy

  1. Sets an official measure of poverty: Canada's Official Poverty Line, based on the Market Basket Measure.
  2. Sets ambitious and concrete poverty reduction targets: a 20% reduction in poverty by 2020 and a 50% reduction in poverty by 2030, w
  3. Puts in place a National Advisory Council on Poverty
  4. Introduces the first Poverty Reduction Act in Parliament in Canada’s history"