In 2016, the Skills Centre, was awarded the Tech Serv Applied Research Internship, to undertake an applied research project examining and documenting the level of poverty in the Lower Columbia Region. The research internship is generously supported by Teck Trail Operations and administered by the Applied Research and Innovation Centre at Selkirk College. The Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI) partnered with the Skills Centre with strong alignment to their Poverty Reduction Indicators Project.
The purpose of this project is to support the development of a poverty reduction strategy for the Lower Columbia Region (LCR). The baseline indicators of poverty and information in this report provide insight into conditions of poverty and will serve to guide an upcoming poverty reduction planning process. The report provides an overview of indicators that are useful for informing planning processes, and can be used to track impact of poverty reduction initiatives over time. Data has been sourced from federal, provincial, and regional agencies, as well as through direct communications with local organizations.
Please click on the link to read the full report here.
The poverty reduction game changer series highlights eight priority areas and strategies, as identified by Vibrant Communities Canada and our Cities Reducing Poverty members, that elicit an array of positive, significant, and cascading outcomes towards reducing poverty.
Read more about this initiative here.
Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a method for studying and changing social systems (groups, organizations, communities) that advocates collective inquiry into the best of what is in order to imagine what could be.
Read more on this model of social change here.
The Government of Canada is committed to developing a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy to reduce poverty and improve the economic well-being of all Canadian families so that they can have a real and fair chance to succeed.
Poverty is a complex issue that affects more than 3 million Canadians. That means that 1.9 million families struggle to make ends meet.
To ensure that the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy reflects the diversity of needs and approaches throughout the country, we are:
- consulting with Canadians across Canada on poverty reduction;
- establishing a Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty through an open call for nominations to select leaders, practitioners and experts with experience in poverty and poverty reduction as well as a separate targeted call for nominations to select people who have experienced poverty; and
- conducting the Tackling Poverty Together research project – an in-depth case study in six communities across Canada.
You can read the one-page summary of the Government of Canada Poverty Reduction Strategy here.
For more information on the Federal Government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy and access the Poverty Reduction Toolkit to help start the conversation in your community please visit the Government of Canada Poverty Reduction page here.