Calling on the City to Lead | We call on Winnipeg's Mayor and Council to:
1. Be champions for a Winnipeg Without Poverty
2. Lead the development of a comprehensive poverty reduction plan for Winnipeg, leaning on the recommendations of our community Report - Winnipeg Without Poverty
Update - Towards a City Comprehensive Poverty Plan:
In May 2018, we launched a call for a City of Winnipeg poverty plan. Almost exactly one year later, the City of Winnipeg’s Executive Policy Committee unanimously passed a motion to create a Poverty Reduction Strategy. This is very promising news, and an important step toward a Winnipeg Without Poverty. Ending poverty saves lives and money.
The City will spend a year crafting its strategy, including an implementation plan for additional measures to address poverty. We expect a plan to be released, based on community co-creation, in 2020.
Our campaign must continue over the next year to advocate for a visionary strategy with bold, justice-focused, and innovative policies.
Thanks to supporters, advocates, and community members for all your work over the last year to build momentum for this to happen. This would not have happened without strong community support for a Winnipeg Without Poverty! Let's keep the momentum going!
Why a Plan?
Did you know up to 107,000 Winnipeggers are living in poverty? We believe that all levels of government have a responsibility to work toward ending poverty and supporting social inclusion for all people.
In our city, 35% of Indigenous Winnipeggers live in poverty, compared to 14% of non-Indigenous Winnipeggers. A city plan to take action to reduce poverty among Indigenous peoples is an essential part of the City's Journey to Reconciliation.
The city can support ending homelessness through innovative & inclusive ideas that increase safe & affordable housing - and this is most effective as part of a comprehensive plan.
Better public transit services and accessible transit through programs like a low-income bus pass are essential as part of a pathway out of poverty.
The City has an important role to play in its services, policies, and bylaws that impact people living in poverty. High levels of poverty in Winnipeg increase dollars spent on police & emergency services, crime, and social services. Ending poverty saves lives, and money. We can achieve a Winnipeg Without Poverty, but we need a plan to get there.
Many comprehensive public policy ideas are all possible. Fifty recommendations are included in Make Poverty History Manitoba’s comprehensive community-based plan - Winnipeg Without Poverty: Calling on the City to Lead. The City of Winnipeg should use this plan, based on the priorities and knowledge of the community, as well as continued collaboration with community, to develop a Winnipeg poverty reduction strategy.
We Need Your Support!
- Sign the petition, join our mailing list, and join other Winnipeggers who believe in this vision.
Endorse the plan!
Cheering on a Unanimous vote to create a Winnipeg Poverty Strategy
Report Launch - May 2, 2018
October 2018 Mayoral Forum
Report Launch - May 2, 2018
Speaking to Executive Policy Committee