Reduction Strategy. This report established an official poverty line for Canada and set specific targets to reduce poverty by 20% by 2020 and 50% by 2030. As a union dedicated to social justice, anti-poverty advocacy informs ETFO’s work and continues to be a priority for the Federation.
Anti-poverty work includes key areas to either reduce or abolish poverty. These areas include but are not limited to:
Supports for Early Childhood Education and Care
Living wages which account for regional costs of living
Income security, employment rights and protections
Affordable housing and effective strategies to eliminate homelessness
Food security with access to healthy and nutrient rich food
Equitable access to health care
Mental health supports that centre and affirm identity
These key areas demonstrate that anti-poverty work is more than charity and requires multiple strategies from policy makers at the national, provincial, and municipal levels.