Niagara Region Presentation (June 18)

On Wednesday morning, June 18 Marvyn Novick and Peter Clutterbuck of the SPNO presented the Policy Framework on Structural Priorities and Lead Policy Initiatives for Poverty Reduction in Ontario to a gathering in a Committee Room in the Niagara Regional Council building in St. Catharines.  About 30 participants attended from community groups, the municipal sector, faith, education and human services. The session was co-sponsored by the Niagara Social Assistance Reform Network and the Advisory Committee to the Community Services Department of Niagara Region.

Those assembled responded very favourably to the priorities and policy initiatives of the framework and offered some constructive proposals for incorporation, such as reference to the needs of persons with addiction and mental health problems and promoting more clearly the need for early learning and child care systems.

Discussion also covered the following issues:

At the end of the meeting, the need for an ongoing capacity to have community input to the development and implementation of the Government’s poverty reduction plan was expressed.  It was suggested that many of the groups present should find a way to continue to work together to maintain a Niagara voice in the process.

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