While BC awaits a plan, Ontario has released its first annual report on their poverty reduction strategy, “Breaking the Cycle: The First Year.” The report provides an introduction to Ontario’s poverty reduction strategy followed by achievements and success indicators from the last year, as well as some direction for how to continue moving forward.
Ontario’s plan includes targets and timelines including a reduction of the number of children living in poverty by 25% in 5 years. The Government of Ontario notes that the global economic recession and financial crisis have had a serious impact on the province and that the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy is critical for supporting low-income families during these challenging times.
View the Ontario report.
The 25 in 5 Network, the coalition that advocated for Ontario’s plan, also released a progress report. The Network affirms that investing in poverty is a crucial component in immediate economic recovery, as well as in future prosperity. The 25 in 5 report acknowledges some advances made by the Ontario government , but urges “there is much more work to do in order to make the 25 per cent target by 2013. With an economic recovery that is expected to be slow and an absence of federal commitments to poverty reduction, the province runs a very real risk of falling short of its poverty reduction goal unless bolder action is taken, and soon.”
View the 25 in 5 report.