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The Region of Waterloo's Comprehensive Approach to Poverty Reduction

The Region of Waterloo's Comprehensive Approach to Poverty Reduction has been developed to address poverty comprehensively across Regional department and programs areas to find sensible, innovative and lasting solutions for poverty reduction.

The Region of Waterloo's Comprehensive Approach to Poverty Reduction (2012) provides a brief summary of current poverty reduction activities across Canada, a description of the role of the Region of Waterloo in poverty reduction and an overview of the Region of Waterloo's corporate-wide Comprehensive Approach to Poverty Reduction including the vision, values, guiding principles, priority areas, actions and next steps. Click on the image below to read the document.

Poverty Indicators

The production of a poverty indicators report is a recent initiative of the Region's Comprehensive Approach to Poverty Reduction. Poverty Indicators for Waterloo Region provides information on ten indicators, each related to a unique dimension of poverty, and compares data for Waterloo Region and Ontario. This report is intended for use by Region of Waterloo staff and community partners. Region of Waterloo recognizes that it is not solely responsible for taking action on these indicators or the related outcomes, and that there is a shared and significant role of the broader community in the work to reduce poverty. This report provides context as we work collaboratively and effectively towards reducing poverty in Waterloo Region.

Progress Report

The Region of Waterloo's Comprehensive Approach to Poverty Reduction was approved by Council on December 19, 2012. Since this time, a number of implementation activities have been under way to lay the foundation for the Comprehensive Approach. Regular updates are planned to ensure timely communication about the activities and progress made on the Comprehensive Approach.
 

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.

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