Manitobans need a poverty reduction and social inclusion strategy that recognizes and builds on the important CED initiatives that are building stronger communities across the province. This will require a plan that increases income assistance to those in need, develops a strong social enterprise sector, enhances accessibility for all, improves access to affordable housing, and provides support for early childhood development.
These core recommendations are explained in full in CCEDNet-Manitoba's recent submission to Province of Manitoba. Our submission was sent in response to the Province's call for public consultations on ALL Aboard: Manitoba's Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion Strategy. In addition to supporting employment development, accessibility, affordable housing, and child care, CCEDNet-Manitoba also submitted a series of recommendations regarding the structure of the plan. We recommend that the Province of Manitoba:
- Attach outcome-based targets and timelines to its poverty reduction indicators to enhance accountability
- Strengthen the awareness and implementation of the CED Policy Framework and Lens across all government departments
- Invest in increased core funding for existing Neighbourhood Renewal Corporations
- Expand the Provincial Red Tape for Non-Profit Organizations Strategy by providing multi-year, multi-program funding
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