Poverty Reduction Strategy

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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.

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.

  • November 21, 2022

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    The City is reaching out to stakeholder organizations that support those living in poverty and people with lived experience of poverty and homelessness to identify priorities and potential actions for the next four-year period. Stakeholder input will be used to help develop the second implementation plan (2024-2027), which will be presented to Council in spring 2023.

  • November 25, 2021

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    On November 25, 2021, Council approved the City’s first-ever Poverty Reduction Strategy (2021 – 2031), a comprehensive plan, co-created with the community, that includes a practical approach to reducing poverty, increasing equity, and incorporating a “culture of caring” in all City endeavors over the next decade.

    The Strategy aims to be a catalyst for additional and increasing action and partnerships going forward to address underlying root causes and localized impacts of poverty in our city, which requires collaboration by all levels of governments, the community, and people with lived experience of poverty.

    The first implementation plan for the Strategy includes 80 specific actions across City departments — all of which can be undertaken within existing resources — that will begin over the next 18 months. The Public Service will report back to Council in spring 2023 with a status update and the next implementation plan.


    Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Strategy

  • November 10, 2021

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    The City meet with poverty reduction stakeholders throughout spring and summer 2021. Thank you to all who participated. The Phase 3 Stakeholder Engagement Summary and appendices are 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 considered by the Executive Policy Committee on November 17, 2021. If you would like to appear as a delegation, please contact the City Clerk's Department by 4:30 p.m. on November 16, 2021.

    Implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy will occur subject to Council approval and is divided into four time frames that align with the City’s multi-year budget.

  • February 11, 2021

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    The City met with poverty reduction stakeholders throughout fall and winter 2020. Thank you to all who participated. The Phase 2 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 Phase 2 Stakeholder Engagement Summary.

    The project team will provide an update to the Executive Policy Committee on February 17, 2021.

    The draft Poverty Reduction Strategy will be finalized with the help of feedback collected from the stakeholder engagement. A detailed implementation plan will also be developed. The recommended strategy will require Council approval once finalized.

  • September 29, 2020

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    The City met with poverty reduction stakeholders throughout summer 2020. Thank you to all who participated. The Phase 1 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 Phase 1 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.

  • September 21, 2020

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    The project team provided an update to the Executive Policy Committee on September 21, 2020. A presentation from this update is available on the Decision Making Information System.

  • 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.