On Friday, June 17th, the Manitoba legislature passed important legislation that will give some authority to the government’s poverty reduction strategy. The Poverty Reduction Strategy Act will create the means to define, monitor and enforce what the government does to deal with poverty and social exclusion. This act was embedded in Bill 51, THE BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION AND TAX STATUTES AMENDMENT ACT, 2011
Currently, Manitoba has the third lowest poverty rate of all provinces for children and adults. However 125, 000 Manitobans still live in poverty, and 1 in 5 children live in poverty.
While the announcement of Manitoba’s plan is a good start, it has been critiqued for the fact that it was not based significantly on community consultation or input from those living in poverty, and its lack of commitment to specific timelines and targets. Manitoba has yet to develop and legislate a comprehensive and systematic action plan, with targets, timelines and indicators to measure progress, in order to effectively and significantly reduce poverty in Manitoba.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba in collaboration with Make Poverty History Manitoba (MPHM) released a poverty reduction plan in The View From Here. This plan includes the essential components of an effective plan, including targets and timelines to provide an opportunity to reveal the progress that has been made and make the Province of Manitoba accountable.
MPHM is calling on the Province of Manitoba to implement this plan to ensure that present and future governments will be accountable to significantly reduce poverty in Manitoba.
Learn more and get involved with poverty reduction initiatives in Manitoba
- Contact Make Poverty History Manitoba at email@example.com.
- Visit Make Poverty History Manitoba on Facebook
Support a National Poverty Reduction Strategy
Poverty in Manitoba – Produced by the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg's Poverty Advisory Committee, this short video details the state of poverty in Manitoba and discusses the need for a comprehensive poverty reduction plan in Manitoba.
The View From Here How a living wage can reduce poverty in Manitoba
by the CCPA Manitoba Office