Nov 25
Since 1989 when Parliament first vowed to eradicate child poverty the number of children in poverty has increased! Canada needs a comprehensive strategy, tied to legislation, with a goal of cutting child poverty by half to 9.5 per cent from 19 per cent...
Canada finally has a government ready to tackle child poverty. Activists want to make sure Ottawa gets it right.
High hopes for federal action to end child poverty | Toronto Star

Nov 25
Make Poverty History Manitoba is in the news! Their top five priorities — housing, mental health, child care, minimum wage and EIA — were each addressed in the Manitoba throne...
There was encouraging news in Manitoba’s 2015 speech from the throne for people working to end poverty in Manitoba.
Manitoba throne speeches put poverty on political agenda

Nov 24
Today, almost 1 in 5 Canadian children live in poverty. We must put a plan to end #childpoverty in law! Join us and take action: http://www.makepovertyhistory.ca/node/329686 #LetsDoThis
1.3 million children need our help | Make Poverty History

Nov 23
New national numbers show there are a record number of people using food banks. As the holiday season begins lets help those in need and visit local food banks to help out and donate if you are...
New national numbers show there are a record number of people using food banks. The statistics from Food Banks Canada show more than 100,000 people in this province are using the service to put food on the table.
Food banks appealing for donations as record number of people use service - NEWS 1130

Nov 20
"The health inequalities between richer and poorer Canadians are large and they've persisted over time in the past decade and in some cases they've even widened,"
The gap between the health of richer and poorer Canadians has widened over time for such measures as smoking and how Canadians rate their own mental health, a new report says.
Health inequality widens between richer and poorer Canadians

Nov 19
A great way to bring attention to the current refugee crisis around the world.
With our latest addition to Google we try to experiment with fortune-telling. Based on your previous search results and your profile, we try to make a good prediction of your future.
Google Fortune Telling: what does your future look like?

Nov 19
APEC meeting takes place in a location where poverty is so clearly an issue yet isn't even on the agenda. "Leaders from 21 countries and self-governing territories are in Manila for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. The meeting's official...
Leaders from 21 countries and self-governing territories are in Manila for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. The meeting's official agenda is focused on trade, business and economic issues but terrorism, South China Sea disputes and climate change are also in focus. (All times are...
The Latest: Manila Slum Near APEC Shows Poverty Challenge

Nov 18
Food bank usage report shows Alberta pushed up national numbers http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/calgary/food-bank-report-spike-alberta-national-1.3322398

Nov 17
Finally movement on a goal that makes sense for all Canadians! "Advocates hail Trudeau’s call for federal poverty reduction...
Plan called ‘crucial’ to address root causes
Advocates hail Trudeau’s call for federal poverty reduction strategy

Nov 14
The Prime Minister talks about poverty in this mandate letter. Let's hope he keeps his intended committments.
Dear Mr. Duclos: I am honoured that you have agreed to serve Canadians as Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Mandate Letter

Nov 13
United Way has launched an online poverty simulator that seeks to take users through the everyday challenges of living in poverty.
United Way launches online poverty simulator, asks Winnipeggers to 'Make the Month'

Nov 12
What is your opinion on this year's 'official' poverty line? "The Poverty Line’s Battle Lines" by Kaushik Basu vhttp://po.st/RIU9a8
Much is at stake when the World Bank formulates the global poverty line. But, because there is no unique definition of poverty, what matters most is to draw a line at some reasonable place and then hold it constant in real terms so that the performance of the world and individual countries can be tr…
The Poverty Line’s Battle Lines

Nov 10
No matter where you live in the world this is relevant: Poverty premium: why it costs so much more to be poor. http://gu.com/p/4dhxy/stw
The poorest UK households are locked out of the cheapest deals on energy and phone tariffs – but some councils are taking action
Poverty premium: why it costs so much more to be poor

Nov 09
Toronto city council unanimously endorsed a 20-year poverty reduction strategy but the plan hasn’t yet been funded and that’s not good enough. http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2015/11/08/fund-the-fight-against-poverty-editorial.html
Toronto city council unanimously endorsed a 20-year poverty reduction strategy but the plan hasn’t yet been funded and that’s not good enough.
Fund the fight against poverty: Editorial | Toronto Star

Nov 02
Connecting the poor is the best hope for ending poverty globally. http://www.wired.com/2015/11/connecting-worlds-poorest-the-best-hope-for-ending-poverty/
The lives of the poor are fundamentally changing: we’re witnessing the end of marginalization thanks to the connections enabled by digital networks.
Connecting the World's Poorest Is the Best Hope for Ending Poverty

Oct 29
What seemed like an impossibly meagre food budget in 1995 has become even more unattainable today.
Cost of Ontario’s 1995 ‘welfare diet’ soars amid inadequate rates | Toronto Star

Oct 28
Help provide refugees with a safe place to live and learn! Carleton University students are working to convince their President to support more refugee students at the university. They have already raised enough money for three students including...
Home » October 21, 2015 Roseann O’Reilly Runte President and Vice-Chancellor Carleton University Dear President Runte, We, the undersigned faculty, staff, and students at Carleton University, would like to thank the Carleton community for its swift response to the needs of displaced persons and re…
Carleton Welcomes Refugees

Oct 27
On Sunday and Monday, Winnipeg joined a growing number of cities in undertaking a census of homeless persons under the "I matter, I count" banner http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/analysis/Time-to-count-our-homeless-336493831.html
To be counted. Simple words, but for far too many Canadians who are homeless, these words have littl... - Analysis - Winnipeg Free Press.
Time to count our homeless - Winnipeg Free Press

Oct 26
Haitian voters faced a ballot featuring more than 50 presidential candidates on Sunday as they selected a leader they hope might be able to lift the nation out of poverty and turbulence.
Scarred by decades of poverty and turbulence, Haiti voters head to polls

Oct 22
A 46-year-old female personal care worker with poorly controlled diabetes is unable to afford both her medication and food, so she chooses food. She presents to the ER department again, needing IV antibiotics to treat a recurrent skin infection. A 35-year-old single mother of three children has depr…
Poverty: Left untreated, it ruins health and costs billions


Recent Actions

While politicians have pledged to end poverty in Canada three times—in 1989, 2009 and 2015—there has never been an action plan. Today, poverty deprives over 1.3 million children in Canada of their one and only childhood. 

But we have a once in a generation opportunity to end child and family poverty. Our new government plans to take a leadership role in creating a national poverty reduction strategy.  

On October 17th, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, join a chorus of voices telling candidates that #WeNeedAPlan to end poverty in Canada

Poverty is an election issue – let’s get the candidates talking! 

Tell Canada's leaders that we need a national poverty plan.

We have 8 days to gather 250 people who are willing to join our THUNDERCLAP. If we reach our goal, then simultaneously, on October 17th at 11:30 am EST, this message will go out across all the social media networks of the people who signed up:


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