Creating Community


Poverty in Hastings and Prince Edward counties is endemic and, in many areas, at levels higher than provincial and Canadian averages. Dealing with such a severe problem, across a large geographic area with both urban and rural poverty, requires a coordinated, informed and professional effort.

It was against this backdrop that Creating Community, a three-year project, was funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to change the way our communities think about and respond to poverty.

Over the course of the Creating Community Project, the PRT undertook 4 main activities in order to facilitate the development of an innovative framework and plan which would support sustained action for poverty reduction.

The four activities were:

  1. People with a lived experience of poverty were engaged and empowered to lead the programs and services that affect them;
  2. Multi-sector relationships were developed, and diverse voices were heard regarding poverty reduction in Hastings and Prince Edward counties;
  3. A greater awareness of poverty and capacity was built within HPE communities to better understand the complex nature and impact of poverty;
  4. Processes evaluated, mechanisms created and opportunities for action identified.

Over the course of the project, which ran from February 2016 – February 2019, many lessons have been learned and many doors have been opened for the future work of the PRT. An important outcome of the project has been the development of data/knowledge/tools that will inform ongoing work in the community. See our Resources section for reports that have resulted from the work undertaken.

The Creating Community project has contributed to an environment for collective work on poverty to be deepened and advanced. The Poverty Roundtable HPE is very grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting this important work in our community. Thanks also to the Community Development Council of Quinte (the lead partner on this project), as well as all Roundtable members, partners, businesses, municipalities, networks and newly involved groups and individuals who participated in Creating Community for Poverty Reduction.

A final evaluation report on the project is available; click here to access the report.

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