Dignity for All: the Campaign for a Poverty-Free Canada – a coalition of over 430 organizations from across the country – applauds the report from the Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities Committee which calls for the federal government to immediately commit to a federal action plan to reduce poverty in Canada. The report, Federal Poverty Reduction Plan: Working in Partnership Towards Reducing Poverty in Canada, is the result of an extensive three-year study on the federal role in addressing poverty.
Key recommendations of the report include:
- A new federal transfer fund to support provincial poverty reduction initiatives;
- Increasing the Canada Child Tax Benefit and Supplement to $5,000 from the current $3,436 within five years;
- A long-term national housing and homelessness strategy;
- Measures to help the most vulnerable including a refundable Disability Tax Credit, improved Employment Insurance; improvements to the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors; and a national child care program;
- More funding for Aboriginal housing, education and social services.