The Economic and Social Inclusion Act requires the Government of New Brunswick to adopt a new poverty reduction plan every five years. In May 2014, the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation (ESIC) released Overcoming Poverty Together: The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan, 2014-2019. The plan has 28 priority actions under four pillars: community empowerment, learning, economic inclusion, and social inclusion. All 28 action items are currently listed as “in progress.” Unaccomplished goals from 2009 are continuing priorities in the 2014 plan, in particular reducing poverty by 25% and deep poverty by 50%.
The ESIC supports twelve Community Inclusion Networks (CINS). These networks are responsible for identifying regional poverty issues and developing regional poverty plans. In May 2017, the Government of New Brunswick released New Brunswick Family Plan: Reducing Poverty. This plan commits to government action in seven priority areas. The province also released New Brunswick Family Plan: Supporting those with Addictions and Mental Health Challenges.
As of April 1, 2017, the minimum wage increased to $11, which will result in an after-tax gain of $594/year. Additionally, the Government of New Brunswick announced that it will invest $10 million over the next five years in Living SJ, a collective of more than 100 partners represented by local government, business, non-profit, and neighbourhood groups, to explore new or unique ways to fight intergenerational poverty.
For more detailed analysis, visit Canada Without Poverty’s Poverty Progress Profiles.