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Poverty Reduction

The Poverty Reduction Division supports a government-wide approach to reducing poverty, including promoting self-reliance, opportunity, and access to key programs and services for people in low income.

Poverty Reduction Initiatives

Examples of initiatives under the strategy include:

For a detailed list of initiatives under the Poverty Reduction Strategy, click here Word (37 KB)

Guiding Principles

We are committed to the following principles as we work with our partners to achieve our key directions of reducing, alleviating and preventing poverty:

  • Taking a long-term approach
  • Focusing on prevention
  • Building on partnerships
  • Finding the right policy mix
  • Demonstrating accountability and measuring progress
  • Taking an integrated and coordinated approach
  • Addressing rural and urban differences
  • Considering gender issues
  • Considering Aboriginal issues

Guide to Government Programs and Services for Individuals and Families

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