Poverty Reduction Strategy Open House

Piverty Reduction Strategy Open House February 12 2013

Poverty Reduction Strategy Open House February 12 2013THUNDER BAY – Poverty Reduction Strategy is the focus of a February 12 2013 Open House. The Public Open House is one more step being taken by the Poverty Reduction Steering Committee to meet their objective of developing a community-specific strategy to reduce poverty in Thunder Bay

Poverty Reduction Strategy

All members of the community are invited to attend a Poverty Reduction Strategy Public Open House from 12 pm – 6 pm on Tuesday February 12, 2013, Village Green, Victoriaville Mall.    This event will be an opportunity for community members to learn more about the impact of poverty in Thunder Bay and to provide input into what actions can make a difference to reduce poverty in Thunder Bay. 

This event is hosted by Poverty Free Thunder Bay and Lakehead Social Planning Council in partnership with the City of Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board. 

The goal of this project includes a community strategy of Thunder Bay-specific recommendations for immediate, medium and long-term community poverty reduction.  The focus at the Public Open House will be on the four pillars: 

  • Income


  • Infrastructure
  • Housing


  • Inclusion/ Engagement

To date, the Steering Committee, led by the Lakehead Social Planning Council and funded by the District of Thunder Bay Social Services and the City of Thunder Bay have hosted “Prosperity and Poverty: Two Sides of the Same Coin” which started the process of engaging the community in developing the Poverty Reduction Strategy. 

They have also held numerous interviews with individuals from various sectors, focus groups with people with lived experience and agencies as well as community forums and working groups.

“I don’t think there is any quibbling over the fact that we have a serious problem. People in the 21st century in a country as rich as Canada shouldn’t be living in those conditions” said Councillor Paul Pugh, Chair of Poverty Reduction Steering Committee.


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