Consultation on feds’ Poverty Reduction Strategy, Wednesday May 31st

From Linda Lalonde outlining suggestions to approach the federal consultation, with a bunch of “highlighting from me.

Hi Folks,

Tell the federal government how to reduce poverty in Canada! The Ottawa Poverty Reduction Network (OPRN) needs your input.

As you may know, the federal government is looking at developing a Poverty Reduction Strategy in the near future and is consulting people about what that would look like. They are doing that primarily via an on-line survey but there is also an option of an in-person consultation. They have contracted the Tamarack Institute to get consultations done in up to 30 communities across Canada through their Vibrant Communities – Cities Reducing Poverty initiative which Ottawa is part of with the OPRN as lead.

What would make a difference in our community? What do we need to improve? What do we need to get rid of? What could the feds do to reduce poverty?

We’re holding two sessions on May 31st, one from 1 to 4 pm and the second from 6:30 to 9:30 pm to get your opinion. Both sessions are the same so you only need to attend one and the evening session has limited space so please come in the afternoon if you can. They will be at the Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill St, Ottawa.

Registration is at:

This event is free but we will accept donations of bus tickets and other support. As we get more bus tickets, the number of “Tickets with bus fare” will increase. Bus tickets for participants will be available at the event if requested in advance – please choose the ticket that includes bus fare. The #18 bus comes to the Centre from St Laurent Station and the Rideau Centre and stops right outside on Quill at Queen Mary.

There is parking behind the Centre and on surrounding streets.

A report will be provided to all participants and the federal government following the event.

If you want to do some prep, take a look at the Dignity for All National Anti-Poverty Plan which will give you some background and ideas. It’s at:

We hope that you can join us and guide the federal government towards a poverty reduction strategy that will work.

Looking forward to seeing you there!



“Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.” – Herman Melville


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