Following a year long study, the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) tabled a report entitled “Breaking the Cycle: A Study on Poverty Reduction.” Local Member of Parliament for Cambridge Bryan May was the Chair of this committee, and Kitchener Centre MP Raj Saini and local stakeholders engaged extensively with MP May and HUMA in the consulting phase.
Poverty is an issue that affects all communities, including Waterloo Region, and we all have a moral obligation to solve it. All levels of government and all members of our community must be committed to a solution. In Kitchener Centre, we have an incredible group of non-profits doing great work on poverty, and we wanted to ensure their experiences and ideas were heard.
Over fifty constituents, both from non-profits and individuals, participated in small groups, recording answers to a number of specific questions regarding direction, implementation, and evaluation of a poverty reduction strategy.
Participants chose to focus on four key demographics affected by poverty: Students, Families, Seniors, and People with Disabilities, and in small discussion groups they talked about the ideas and experiences in the room.
Those ideas from each discussion group have been collected in this report, and a copy has been provided to Minster Duclos’ office. It is also available publicly online, and in print form.