Across Canada, mayors and their councils are making poverty reduction a priority and are leading the way in terms of deepening community understanding of poverty as a human rights issue that impact everyone in our communities.
Cities Reducing Poverty: When Mayors Lead is a milestone event, bringing mayors from communities of all sizes together to share their respective visions, plans and on the ground work to reduce poverty. They will be joined by provincial and territorial representatives as well as sector leaders and practitioners from across the nation.
City mayors such as Don Iveson in Edmonton and John Tory in Toronto have launched major strategies, while mayors Walter Sendzik in St. Catharines and Matt Brown in London have announced new advisory panels on poverty reduction. According to the National Post, Medicine Hat just became the first city in Canada to end homelessness. These are just a few examples of recent successes led by mayors.
* We use the word cities mainly to differentiate local poverty reduction efforts from provincial and federal initiatives and strategies. Please note that the event will feature communities of all sizes and we have intentionally invited smaller and rural municipalities to attend in addition to big cities.
Advance your own understanding of what is happening across the country, learn together and grow your toolbox for change, and leverage our collective efforts to build a movement to reduce poverty across Canada. Highlights of the benefits of attending include:
Brock Carlton of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Edmonton's Mayor Don Iveson have invited Mayors across Canada to join us for this momentous occasion and to show their leadership for poverty reduction. You can read the full-sized invitation by clicking on the letter below.
Brock Carlton, FCM
Mayor Don Iveson,
"The mayors! Wow! Refreshing to see/hear."
"It was an inspiring and motivating two and a half days. I so enjoyed the depth of speakers and sessions."
"I'm leaving with a deeper understanding of the work of poverty reduction and how I can enter into our initiative at home with more confidence."
"People kept moving along, connecting, sharing, exploring... Great vibe."
"Great conference! I am looking foward to the next one."
At the National Poverty Reduction Summit in 2015, Mayor Don Iveson shared his thoughts on the role of cities in poverty reduction in his keynote address.
This is a unique time in the history of Canada. Across the country every provincial and territorial government has or is considering a poverty reduction strategy. At the community level, for the first time in history, most cities (communities) are enacting poverty reduction strategies focused on reducing the number of Canadians experiencing poverty. On top of that, we have a new and energized federal government.
We know the economic and social costs that poverty has on people and on the cities in which they live. This is a time of real hope as cities, provinces and the federal government are joining together to support one another with the goal of significantly reducing poverty in Canada.
Since 2002, The Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement has led Vibrant Communities Canada which has been building a network of cities across the country focused on place-based poverty reduction. Over the past 13 years, leaders from business, government, the voluntary sector, and citizens alike have effectively reduced poverty for more than 202,931 Canadians. These local community efforts have been bolstered by the leadership of provincial and territorial governments as they adopt or renew their own poverty reduction strategies.
Vibrant Communities Canada is the lead sponsor of this event and is working with its partners to invite you to join us in Edmonton for Cities Reducing Poverty: When Mayors Lead on April 5-7, 2016.