Following the implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Act. in June 2011, the Government of Manitoba introduced a four year poverty strategy entitled All Aboard: Manitoba’s Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion Strategy (All Aboard Strategy) in May 2012. To complement the All Aboard Strategy, the government has released additional action plans for targeted areas related to poverty. The newly elected Manitoba government has stated it will create a new poverty reduction plan in Budget 2017 to replace All Aboard.
The All Aboard Strategy notes an overall vision of “a future where people are socially included, connected to their communities, participating in the economy and contributing to our province”. The strategy identifies the following seven priority areas:
- Building blocks for employment
- Targeting supports for those in need
- Food security
- Closing the gap for Indigenous Manitobans
- Creating opportunities for youth
- and Early childhood development
Since ALL Aboard was introduced in 2009, there has been:
- 3% increase in the number of social and affordable housing units funded by Manitoba,
- 8% increase in graduation rates,
- 5% increase in childcare availability.
Make Poverty History Manitoba believes that Manitoba can do better; urging the government to increase Employment and Income Assistance rates and stressing that people should be able to meet their basic needs and experience more social inclusion.
Campaign 2000 is critical of the Government of Manitoba because more children are living in poverty, and Indigenous families are disproportionately living in poverty because of the political control on their lives. Campaign 2000 states that getting a job is not enough to cure poverty – living wage jobs, regular hours, benefits, and protections are needed.
Finally, the provincial government has been criticized for using vague indicators and not including concrete goals to evaluate improvements.