Every day, municipal leaders see how poverty prevents people—and entire communities—from achieving their full potential. As the elected officials and front-line workers that are closest to where people live and survive, you do the best you can with limited tools.
Ending poverty on a national scale needs to start at the grassroots—scaling-up community-based solutions that are already working. And it requires concerted action from all levels of government. That's the focus of FCM's recommendations for Canada's upcoming poverty reduction strategy.
FCM's 12 recommendations focus on boosting access to the things people need to thrive—from affordable child care to decent income supports. As we've said all along, the most urgent priority is to protect and expand social and affordable housing. And to succeed, any national poverty reduction strategy will need to engage local governments every step of the way. We need to create real opportunities for the most vulnerable in our communities - including Indigenous people, newcomers, single parents, low-income seniors, the homeless and people with disabilities.
We need to create real opportunities for the most vulnerable in our communities—including Indigenous people, newcomers, single parents, low-income seniors, the homeless and people with disabilities.
Ending poverty is a challenge and a priority for all of us—it's the best way to ensure that our communities become places where everyone can thrive.
Read FCM's full submission: Ending poverty starts locally: Municipal recommendations for a Canadian poverty reduction strategy.