The Community Conversation Report was developed to help our community lean in, to hear, to learn and to understand the causes, implications and realities of poverty and to better understand the need for a collective approach to poverty elimination. Included in the report are reflections on the experiences of poverty, the realities of living with low-income and recommendations for moving forward, all driven by people with lived experience.
December 2017 – Payday Lending and a Call for Fair Banking
As of January 1, 2018 municipalities in Ontario can restrict the number of payday loan shops
that can operate in a given area, as well as restrict the areas where payday lending shops
operate. What about payday lending in Belleville? How can we move towards fair banking?
November 2017 – Municipal Actions to Reduce Poverty in Hastings & Prince Edward
The Poverty Roundtable Hastings Prince Edward has joined the Cities Reducing Poverty nation-wide network. Participating communities across Canada are actively reducing poverty in their communities through municipal action and involvement. What can our municipal governments do in Hastings & Prince Edward counties? This call to action for municipalities provides a number of opportunities to increase prosperity for all.
October 2017 – Rural Resiliency Report
Poverty is reaching crisis proportions in rural Ontario. Rural economies increasingly rely on tourists and seasonal vacationers (campers, bikers, boaters, fishing enthusiasts, hunters and cottagers) as local industries and family farms go out of business.Many people leave rural areas to find work, while those who stay have limited employment options. Too often the reality is hidden poverty, food insecurity, transportation problems, homelessness and under- or unserved mental health and addictions challenges.
October 2017 – Barriers to Employment, Criminal Records
In 2016-17 the Poverty Roundtable HPE held community conversations with people who were experiencing or had experienced poverty, on the causes and impacts of poverty. Employment barriers were frequently cited as a cause of poverty, noting having a criminal record as a significant barrier to employment and a cause of long-term poverty. Preliminary inquiries, carried out with local employers in the summer of 2017, speak to both local actions that are reducing those barriers and to practices that continue to put up employment barriers. The short report provides an overview of what we heard and learned.
In September the Poverty Roundtable HPE, hosted by North Hastings Community Trust, held a conversation circle to talk about poverty between the North and the South in our two counties and across our many communities. The following report captures the discussions that took place on what poverty looks like here and provides further areas for us to explore together, importantly to build on what’s working, and our aspirations.
May 2017 – Creating Community – A Tool for Engagement
This tool was developed through work done at the Poverty Roundtable’s November 2016 Education Forum – SHIFT. The forum focused on shifting perspectives to learn from those who have been in poverty and who are at the frontlines in anti-poverty work in Ontario and in their communities. The tool is intended to offer a practical approach for engaging people with experience of poverty in poverty reduction work and within organizational structures to influence programs and changes that impact them.
May 2017 – Ending Stigma: A Rights Based Approach to Ending Poverty
Without addressing systems and processes that put people in poverty we fail our neighbours and our
communities. A rights based approach means that every person must be able to access their social, their
economic, their cultural and their political rights. We all have a part to play in this.
Realizing Our Potential
Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy
2014 – 2019
Campaign 2000 works to increase public awareness of the levels and consequences of child/family poverty by publishing research on the indicators of child poverty and developing public education resources. Originally a cross-Canada public education movement to build Canadian awareness and support for the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000, it has grown to include over 120 national, community and provincial partners actively involved. Campaign 2000 is non-partisan in urging all Canadian elected officials to keep their promise to Canada’s children.
Poverty Free Ontario
An Ontario free of poverty will be reflected in healthy, inclusive communities with a place of dignity for everyone and the essential conditions of well-being for all. The mission of Poverty Free Ontario is to eliminate divided communities in which large numbers of adults and children live in chronic states of material hardship, poor health and social exclusion. Poverty Free Ontario is an initiative of the Social Planning Network of Ontario.
Poverty is making us sick: A comprehensive survey of income and health in Canada (2008). Contrary to some popular beliefs, poverty is making Canadians sick – not simply lifestyle choices. This is the conclusion of powerful research released in 2008 by the Wellesley Institute and the Community Social Planning Council of Toronto. For the first time, the study used Canadian Community Health Survey and income files to paint the most comprehensive picture to date of our nation’s health. Using sophisticated multivariate analysis, the researchers demonstrate that every $1,000 increase in income leads to substantial increases in health. For instance, an annual increase of $1,000 in income for the poorest twenty percent of Canadians will lead to nearly 10,000 fewer chronic conditions, and 6,600 fewer disability days every two weeks.