The federal Liberals have unveiled their long-promised anti-poverty law. It will force future governments to meet ambitious targets to lift more than two million people above the poverty line. Poverty-reduction targets already appear in the Liberals’ latest budget-implementation bill, styled as the first phase of a full poverty-reduction law.
Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says the Trudeau government wants to eliminate poverty, but it will take time. The law will set an official poverty line for the country for the first time, create a council on poverty to advise the minister in charge of the plan, and require annual reports to Parliament on the government’s progress to reduce poverty rates.
As part of the plan to combat poverty Statistics Canada is looking to expand their understanding of the issue and they have launched a consultation process to hear from Canadians as announced in this tweet.
To get a better understanding of #poverty and to help validate Canada’s Official Poverty Line, we’ve launched a consultation process to hear from Canadians. To participate: https://t.co/S8P7PBOLbP pic.twitter.com/Rk1CiBgbvV
— Statistics Canada (@StatCan_eng) November 6, 2018
The consultation process will continue until January 31, 2019 and can be found here.
The government has set targets to lower poverty rates by 20 per cent from 2015 levels by the end of the current decade and a further 50 per cent reduction by 2030.