Myth Busters

Did you know that there are misconceptions about poverty that exist in our community?

In speaking with regional staff and the community, including people with lived experience, we heard that these myths can sometimes get in the way of poverty reduction. By designing the Poverty Myth Busters we are attempting to help change attitudes about poverty and encourage action because we all have a role to play in solving poverty.

Next time you hear any of these myths, help change attitudes about poverty by sharing the realities and busting the myths!


Building Resilient Communities Initiative

The Building Resilient Communities project began for the purpose of exploring the development of a poverty reduction strategy for the Region of Waterloo. Publications include a highlight report and two detailed reports.


Highlight Report

Building Resilient Communities: The Role of Regional Municipality of Waterloo-Highlight Report provides an overview of key findings and next steps from The Building resilient Communities Reports 1 and 2.

Report 1

Building Resilient Communities: The Role of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo - A Literature Review and Demographic Overview provides information on the current status of poverty in Waterloo Region and outlines related concepts to guide planning and service provision at the Region.

Report 2

Building Resilient Communities: The Role of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo - An Inventory of Programs, Services, and Strategic Initiatives outlines the results of an inventory of Regional programs, services, and strategic initiatives that intentionally target individuals and/or groups living with low income.

 Council Resolutions (2007-2010) related to poverty reduction initiatives

Income Status and Poverty

Public Health has developed a number of topic-specific research studies and reports that present and interpret health status data related to Waterloo Region residents highlighting local Implications.

Visit the following link to access Public Health  reports related to income status and poverty.