Poverty Watch Ontario is an initiative of the Social Planning Network of Ontario, a network of social planning/community development councils across the province engaged in social research, policy analysis, public education and community development to enhance the social and economic well-being of their community members.
Independent social planning in Ontario has a long and distinguished history of research and development work for marginalized populations including people living on low incomes. Since the spring of 2007, however, the SPNO and its member organizations have been strongly engaged in promoting a serious and comprehensive poverty reduction strategy in Ontario.
During 2008, SPNO worked closely with partners in the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction to urge the Ontario Government to adopt the structural priorities and policy proposals for poverty reduction outlined in the Founding Declaration of 25 in 5, which the SPNO had proposed in its Policy Framework presentation, tested in more than 25 communities across Ontario.
SPNO has taken particular leadership in the mobilization and engagement of poverty reduction groups in communities across Ontario, both supporting existing groups and facilitating the formation and action of others.
Poverty Watch Ontario has served as an information resource to individuals and groups by maintaining a calendar of local events and meetings on poverty reduction and reporting on as many of these meetings as possible. It will continue to serve this role as a number of poverty reduction campaigns pursuing the priorities of the Declaration roll out through 2009.
The SPNO wishes to acknowledge and thank Community Development Halton for providing the technical capacity to set up and administer the Poverty Watch Ontario web site.
For posting of notices of important meetings and events on poverty reduction, as well as event/meeting reports, contact [email protected] and provide the details.