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Toronto child poverty rate at ‘epidemic’ levels

TORONTO – Child poverty in Toronto has reached “epidemic” levels with 29 per cent of children — almost 149,000 — living in low-income families, according to new data being released Wednesday by a coalition of community activists and social agencies. Among Canada’s 13 major cities, Toronto is tied with Saint John, N.B., as having the […]

Welcome to Poverty Free Ontario

An Ontario free of poverty will be reflected in healthy, inclusive communities with a place of dignity for everyone and the essential conditions of well-being for all. The mission of Poverty Free Ontario is to eliminate divided communities in which large numbers of adults and children live in chronic states of material hardship, poor health and social exclusion.
Poverty Free Ontario is an initiative of the Social Planning Network of Ontario.

PDF of presentation "Human Dignity for All: Working for a Poverty Free Ontario" made in 20 communities across the province (March-June 2011).

RESOURCES - PFO Brochure and Election Signs

SPNO is working on the Poverty Free Ontario initiative in conjunction with the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC), which is dedicated to faith-based approaches to public policy reform in areas of social justice and poverty elimination. ISARC’s current campaign can be found at www.faithtoendpoverty.ca

Recent Posts

Urgent: Community-Based Housing and Homelessness Funding
November 26, 2013
By Poverty Free Ontario
Ontario Government proposes more Poverty Reduction consultations; community groups say it’s time for Premier Wynne to act
July 26, 2013
By Poverty Free Ontario
Province Playing Welfare Shell Game
May 13, 2013
By Poverty Free Ontario
PFO Bulletin #12 – PFO on the 2013 Ontario Budget
May 3, 2013
By Poverty Free Ontario
Now is the time to tackle Poverty in Ontario
March 26, 2013
By Poverty Free Ontario

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