Deep Dive: A Case Study on Halton’s Poverty Roundtable

Tamarack Institute

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Matthew Bunch

Year: 2017

Located in southern Ontario and part of the Greater Toronto Area, Halton Region is known as an affluent community and desirable place to live. However, poverty in the area is significant, growing and largely hidden. Historically, an understanding of poverty and the lives of those who live in poverty in Halton has been limited. It was not until 2011 that the community coalesced around a coherent strategy led by the Halton Poverty Roundtable (HPRT) to combat systemic poverty, and while challenges remain, the community moves forward today with a deepening commitment and greater degree of collaboration.

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Key Points

  • Poverty in Halton is hidden
  • Information and education efforts by HPRT have been effective
  • Developing a common agenda has increased impact


Formed in 2011, the Halton Poverty Roundtable is a composed of a cross-sector of groups (business, people with lived experience of poverty, government, faith, education, and community organizations) and community leaders who catalyse community resources and stakeholders around innovative solutions to end poverty in Halton.

SOURCE: Tamarack Institute