Why focus on poverty?
Poverty is complex. There are many factors. Our economy has changed dramatically over the past few decades. Locally, we have many residents who struggle to meet basic needs. Through community conversations, citizens told us that limited income results in having to make difficult choices every day. An example would be a choice between food or transportation or rent and hydro. They also spoke of the lack of understanding and stigma and what it’s like to live in these conditions.
Poverty is complex. The burden is profound. Those living with limited income face many social and health barriers.
Strengthen employment readiness
- Increase access to supports that will provide education resources, strengthen employment readiness and relevant life skills
- Recognize and reduce barriers to obtaining and maintaining a job