08/26/2013 03:05 EDT | Updated 10/26/2013 05:12 EDT

New Brunswick launches meetings for renewal of poverty reduction plan

FREDERICTON - A dozen public meetings are planned in New Brunswick as the provincial government gathers input for the renewal of its poverty reduction plan.

Dorothy Shephard, the minister of healthy and inclusive communities, says the first five-year plan launched in 2009 has seen success, citing the increase of the minimum wage to $10 per hour as well as funding for literacy programs.

New Democrat Leader Dominic Cardy says he supports the program's goals such as improving literacy, but adds that it will take years to show significant improvements.

The meetings begin Sept. 16 in Richibucto and wrap up Oct. 9 in Fredericton.