October 2, 2015
Ontario is supporting three programs and services to help individuals and families facing poverty in Hamilton.
Through the Local Poverty Reduction Fund, Ontario will provide up to:
With Ontario’s support, these organizations will either pilot new programs and measure their success or evaluate the impact of existing programs on the people who need them most.
Evidence gathered from these projects and others will be used to support poverty reduction programs across the province that have been proven to work and that can expand over time.
Fighting poverty is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan.
“With this fund, we are establishing a new way of tackling poverty, one that’s rooted in evidence. I’m thrilled to see that these local community organizations are helping us build the body of evidence we need to make sure we are investing in what works and what makes people’s lives better.”
— Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy
“There are so many wonderful organizations in Hamilton that are on the forefront of efforts to prevent and transition people out of poverty. I’m pleased the Local Poverty Reduction Fund is recognizing the work of these organizations and that these resources will be used to support innovative local solutions and help community organizations demonstrate their progress, evaluate their programs and build a collective body of evidence of poverty reduction initiatives that work.”
— Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale
Leslie O’Leary, Minister’s Office, 416-327-0345
Al Cairns, Communications Branch, 416-327-2805
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