Poverty Reduction

The Homeless Will Keep Dying Until Affordable Housing Is a Priority

Sharad Kerur | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Sharad Kerur

The four homeless men who lost their lives in Toronto over the past two weeks have brought much needed public attention to the city's affordable housing crisis. While the swift response of Mayor Tory and City Council are welcome indications of progress to come, it is crucial that we do not fail to see the forest for the trees. Emergency shelter systems in Toronto and across Ontario must receive more funding and supports, but permanent solutions to housing insecurity require an increased supply of affordable homes and secure supportive housing spaces.

Ontario's Liberals Should Care More About Child Poverty Than Hydro Handouts

Mike Schreiner | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Playing the blame game won't help the 371,000 children currently living in poverty in Ontario. It's time for the Liberals to look in the mirror. The money is there. But the Wynne and McGuinty governments have chosen political self-interest over reducing childhood poverty.

Why Guaranteeing the Poor an Income Will Save Us All In the End

Hugh Segal | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada Business
Hugh Segal

The wrong approach to poverty reduction is to ignore the problem, letting the ideological conceit that a rising tide lifts all boats obscure the hard reality that many Canadians have no boat -- or access to anyone who has ever had a boat. The answer is automatic top-ups for those who fall beneath the poverty line.

Can We Afford Not to Reduce Poverty?

Stephen Hampton | Posted 05.25.2013 | Canada Politics
Stephen Hampton

If poverty and inequality is costing Canadians upwards of $72 billion annually then why is poverty and inequality not a main issue both to Canadians and the government? The reason is that reducing poverty and shrinking inequality will involve two taboos and a political risk to the current government.

Reducing Surrey Poverty

CBC | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The City of Surrey is moving forward with an ambitious Poverty Reduction Plan. The city's social planning advisory committee is slated to...

When Building Neighbourhoods, Don't Forget the Poor

Hassan Arif | Posted 11.05.2012 | Canada Impact
Hassan Arif

Sustainable urban planning, with walkable streets and neighbourhoods, with architecturally pleasing buildings that prioritize liveability, should not be the property of only the wealthy and the middle class. Overall, having liveable neighbourhoods and buildings for people of all incomes serves as a source of pride for the city as a whole.