Anti-Poverty Network Sets Out Five Tests for Success of Ontario Government Poverty Reduction Strategy

    TORONTO, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - More than 350 anti-poverty activists for the
25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction outlined today their expectations for
the Ontario government's Poverty Reduction Strategy, due to be released in
    "Government action at the provincial and federal level to reduce poverty
is the stimulus we need to weather the economic storm," says John Campey,
Executive Director of the Community Social Planning Council of Toronto and
25 in 5 spokesperson.
    "As Ontarians face job losses, reduced work hours, and other financial
stresses, now is the time to act - to boost consumer spending in local
economies, to support income security for the marginalized and to invest in
infrastructure that provides jobs now and supports our shared future."
    "Poverty reduction starts with a plan," says Peter Clutterbuck, with the
Social Planning Network of Ontario and 25 in 5 spokesperson.

    The five tests against which 25 in 5 will measure the government's plan
    in December;
    1.  It must include a target to reduce poverty by 25% over 5 years;
    2.  There must be an income measure of poverty so we can track progress
        on the target;
    3.  There must be clear policies to ensure sustaining employment, livable
        incomes, and strong communities;
    4.  It must include accountability measures to keep it on track; and
    5.  There must be a financial downpayment in the 2009-10 budget.

    A new national poll to be released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy
Alternatives and Environics confirms overwhelming support in Ontario for
action on poverty reduction, especially in tough economic times.

    The 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction includes over 450 organizations
    and individuals working to eliminate poverty. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Jacquie Maund, (416) 302-7524

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