Reports and Consultations

Calculating the Living Wage in Hastings & Prince Edward Counties – 2019

A living wage is based on the principle that full-time work should provide families with a basic level of economic security above the poverty line, to be able to live healthier lives and be active in the community. Using a standard approach provided by the Ontario Living Wage Network, calculation of the local living wage was done by the Employment and Income Security Working Group of the Poverty Roundtable HPE. The living wage calculation uses a reference household of two adults each age 35, a 7-year old boy and a 3-year old girl, and is based on both parents working 35 hours a week, full-year. The hourly living wage for Hastings Prince Edward was established as $17.35 for 2019.

Community Recommendations for Social Assistance Reform

On October 11th 2018, the Poverty Roundtable HPE and multiple community partners met with Minister MacLeod and Minister Smith to discuss recommendations for social assistance reform. The PRT HPE prepared Community Recommendations with the Voices of HoPE Advisory Council and with input from community consultations.

Homeless Enumeration 2018 Report

Final report from the Hastings County 2018 Homelessness Enumeration. Enumeration was conducted from April 17-23 2018.

Consultation: Summary of Community Conversations on Poverty in Prince Edward County

Community Conversations were held in Prince Edward County in the fall and winter of 2016/2017. Local agencies and groups hosted conversations. Conversations engaged mothers, seniors, people who are working, people on social assistance, frontline workers, and community organizers. 52 people participated. This report provides summaries of conversations and collects the community recommendations put forward.

Hastings County 2018 Enumeration Preliminary Results 

Preliminary results from the Hastings County 2018 Homelessness Enumeration. Enumeration was conducted from April 17-23 2018. The preliminary results were presented at the June 13th Poverty Roundtable HPE meeting. The presentation from the meeting can be accessed here.

Rights-based Approach to Housing

On April 30th 2018, the Poverty Roundtable HPE gathered members of the Voices of HoPE advisory Council and our Affordable Housing Working Group made up of housing providers, Hastings county staff, lawyers and people who have lived experience with inadequate and unsafe housing to discuss what a human rights-based approach to housing should look like in Canada. The Rights-based approach to Housing was submitted to the CMHC in response to the request for feedback on what a rights-based approach to housing should look like.

MOVING FORWARD – Recommendations for Community Action

MOVING FORWARD is the outcome of Community Conversations on Poverty in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, in which more than 500 community members came together to talk about poverty – their experience of it, what is working, what isn’t and how to end it. This is the SECOND report in a series of reports informed by the Community Conversations. This community action plan belongs to all of our communities. It is an open invitation for individuals, groups, organizations and all levels of government to get involved.

Annual Report 2017

Poverty Roundtable HPE Working Report for 2017. The report provides an overview of the work of the PRT throughout 2017, highlighting reports, tools, and consultations.

Leaning In. Community Conversations on Poverty in Hastings Prince Edward

LEANING IN, a community report on poverty, is the result of an assessment of conversations held across Hastings Prince Edward counties. The report identifies the issues, the causes, and solutions to poverty from over 400 conversations with people in our communities who know poverty from experience.

The report identifies poverty as systemic and isolating, and as a factor greatly contributing to poorer health outcomes and increased stress and trauma. It speaks to the need for urgency, to the need for a rights approach, and for our community to take notice and to respond.

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?

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.

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.

Coming Together: Addressing Rural and Urban Poverty in HPE, A Conversation Circle Report

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.

Creating Community – A Year in Review

The Creating Community Project is well underway. With many communities participating we encourage you to get involved and to learn about the work. For a review of the project’s first year, please read our annual report.

Realizing Our Potential
Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

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