In support of the Government of Canada’s commitment to developing a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Honourable Jean‑Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development recently announced members of a new Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty, which brings together a diverse group of 17 leaders, academic experts and practitioners working in the field of poverty reduction, and individuals who have experienced poverty first-hand, to provide expert advice on poverty-related issues.
Chosen from over 400 nominations from across Canada and internationally, the Committee members will provide advice and input to the Minister on a range of poverty-related issues that will in turn inform the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy. As part of its role, the Committee will act as a forum for information sharing and independent discussion on poverty and poverty reduction.
The Advisory Committee on Poverty is one of the many initiatives that the Government of Canada is undertaking to support the development of a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy to improve the economic well-being of all Canadian families. From February to August, Minister Duclos led a nationwide consultation process to engage with Canadians on key issues related to poverty. Canadians were invited to participate in the online discussion to have their say on how to reduce poverty, as well as through in-person roundtables and town hall events.
Members of the Advisory Committee on Poverty
- Bee Lee Soh, Community Food Champion with the Toronto Food Policy Council
- Brenda Murphy, Social Justice advocate with the SJ Women’s Empowerment Network
- Brock Carlton, CEO of Federation of Canadian Municipalities
- Catherine Ludgate, Manager of Community Investment at Vancity
- Carole Richer, Social Development advisor for the Maria-Chapdelaine Regional County Municipality
- Carlos Beals, Case Work Manager with Ceasefire Halifax
- Céline Bellot, Director of the School of Social Work at the Université de Montréal
- Derek Cook, Canadian Poverty Institute at Ambrose University
- Éric Lapointe, Board Member of the Corporation de développement économique communautaire de Québec
- Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Co-Executive Director at the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality
- John Stapleton, Commissioner with the Ontario Soldiers’ Aid Commission
- Joseph J. Amos, Manager for the Inuvik Emergency Warming Centre
- Lanna Many Grey Horses, Manager of Women and Children’s Services for The Bloom Group Community Services Society
- Louise Simbandumwe, Co-Director of Supporting Employment and Economic Development (SEED) Winnipeg
- Munir Sheikh, Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University
- Nahid Aboumansour, Executive Director of Petites-Mains
- Richard Reeves, Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families at Brookings Institute
For More Info
- Visit Canada.ca/reduce-poverty for more info about the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.