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Council supports Petition on Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy

05-May-2016

Residents encouraged to sign petition e-291

At its May 2 meeting Saint John Common Council passed a resolution to support Petition e-291 Poverty.

This petition calls upon the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development to designate Saint John, New Brunswick, as a demonstration site for the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy for testing and evaluating new and promising poverty reduction initiatives, which would include investments in affordable housing, skills training, literacy, neighbourhood revitalization, early childhood education and youth mental health.

Background:

  • The City of Saint John, according to 2013 taxfiler data, has a child poverty rate of 31%;
  • The Government of Canada has committed to make significant new investments in social infrastructure; and
  • The Minister of Families, Children and Social Development has been mandated to lead the development of a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy that would set targets to reduce poverty and measure and publicly report on progress.

The Council resolution also encourages people to view the petition and sign up.

View and sign the petition here:

https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-291