Ontario Poverty Progress Profile 2016


With the largest population in Canada, the province of Ontario is host to a significant number of residents who live in poverty. The cost of poverty is high – calculated at $38 billion per year in health and social assistance expenditures and foregone tax revenues.

In 2008, the Government of Ontario released its first poverty reduction strategy entitled Breaking the Cycle: Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. In August 2014, the Ontario Government published its second poverty strategy entitled Realizing Our Potential. In the 2014 report, the government recommitted to its prior goal of reducing child poverty by 25%. Realizing Our Potential presents some important hallmarks in recognizing that human rights have a place within efforts to address poverty. Although specific targets are not named, the plan commits to the overall goal of ending homelessness in the province. 

Publication date: 
Dec 2016
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