Poverty Reduction Strategy

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Introduction

Winnipeg is a city known for its strong community spirit and history of people coming together for a common purpose. It is also a city where 1 in 8 people are living in poverty, and struggle on a daily basis to put food on the table or a roof over their heads. The Poverty Reduction Strategy will become the foundation for the City of Winnipeg’s work in poverty reduction going forward, by clarifying the City’s role, identifying priority short and long-term actions, and setting out an implementation plan that includes review and renewal.


Background

Poverty is visible in Winnipeg. It is found in all areas of the city, and affects 1 in 8 people (13 percent of the population, or 92,000 people). Certain population groups have higher rates of poverty than their share of the population, including children, Indigenous People, and recent immigrants. We also know that people of colour, people with a disability, 2SLGBTQQIA people, and lone parents, especially female lone parents, are also more likely to experience poverty.

Poverty is a very complex issue, with multiple causes and no single solution. There are many different types of poverty, it can be short-term and associated with job-loss or significant life changes, or it can be long-term and related to substance use disorder, mental health issues, individual or inter-generational trauma, and historic and systemic discrimination. While senior levels of government have jurisdiction over key areas of social well-being, including housing, health, education, and income supports, municipalities have a role to play in reducing poverty. Municipal governments across Canada are taking steps to reduce poverty as the level of government closest to residents.

In spring 2020, the City began working with members of the community to develop a Poverty Reduction Strategy. The Poverty Reduction Strategy is expected to be complete in winter 2021.

Introduction

Winnipeg is a city known for its strong community spirit and history of people coming together for a common purpose. It is also a city where 1 in 8 people are living in poverty, and struggle on a daily basis to put food on the table or a roof over their heads. The Poverty Reduction Strategy will become the foundation for the City of Winnipeg’s work in poverty reduction going forward, by clarifying the City’s role, identifying priority short and long-term actions, and setting out an implementation plan that includes review and renewal.


Background

Poverty is visible in Winnipeg. It is found in all areas of the city, and affects 1 in 8 people (13 percent of the population, or 92,000 people). Certain population groups have higher rates of poverty than their share of the population, including children, Indigenous People, and recent immigrants. We also know that people of colour, people with a disability, 2SLGBTQQIA people, and lone parents, especially female lone parents, are also more likely to experience poverty.

Poverty is a very complex issue, with multiple causes and no single solution. There are many different types of poverty, it can be short-term and associated with job-loss or significant life changes, or it can be long-term and related to substance use disorder, mental health issues, individual or inter-generational trauma, and historic and systemic discrimination. While senior levels of government have jurisdiction over key areas of social well-being, including housing, health, education, and income supports, municipalities have a role to play in reducing poverty. Municipal governments across Canada are taking steps to reduce poverty as the level of government closest to residents.

In spring 2020, the City began working with members of the community to develop a Poverty Reduction Strategy. The Poverty Reduction Strategy is expected to be complete in winter 2021.

  • September 29, 2020 - Update

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    The City meet with poverty reduction stakeholders throughout summer 2020. Thank you to all who participated. A stakeholder engagement summary is now available and provides an overview of the feedback collected for the project. Please visit the Document Library to view the stakeholder engagement summary.

    The draft Poverty Reduction Strategy will be created using the feedback collected in Phase 1 of stakeholder engagement. Phase 2 of stakeholder engagement is expected to begin in late fall 2020 and will seek input from various stakeholder groups on the draft strategy including short, medium, and long-term actions. Council will consider the strategy and implementation plan in early 2021 after the strategy is finalized.

  • July 6, 2020

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    The City is reaching out to stakeholder organizations that serve those living in poverty and people with lived experience of poverty and homelessness to discuss opportunities to further reduce poverty in Winnipeg. Stakeholder input will be used to inform the development of the overall Poverty Reduction Strategy, and to identify priorities and potential actions for implementation within existing budgets.

    A core working team has been formed to guide the development of the Poverty Reduction Strategy. This team includes representatives from City departments including the Community Services Department, the Indigenous Relations Division, and the Planning Property & Development Department, as well as community representatives from Make Poverty History Manitoba and the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council.