The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction just issued a press release calling on the provincial parties to commit to a provincewide strategy for reducing poverty.
Hamilton's poverty rate, at 20 percent, is the highest urban rate in Ontario, and the provincial average of 14.5 percent is already unacceptably high.
The Roundtable has done important work at the local level in identifying sources of poverty and raising its profile as a critical issue, but any lasting solution must include a commitment at the provincial level to address the economic and policy gaps that leave people exposed to crisis and destitution.
Toward that end, the Roundtable is calling on all local candidates to commit to the following policy brief:
Councillor Brian McHattie, a Roundtable member, is taking the brief to Council for endorsement.
The Roundtable cites the examples of other cities in Canada and in Europe (including Ireland) that are succeeding at reducing poverty through similar strategies.
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