Ontario Passes Historic Poverty Reduction Act

    McGuinty Government Achieves Milestone In Long-Term Fight Against Poverty

    TORONTO, May 6 /CNW/ -


    For the first time in Ontario, poverty reduction legislation will now
ensure that successive governments remain focused on the fight against

    The Poverty Reduction Act 2009 was passed today with unanimous consent
from all parties and will:

    -   Require successive governments to report annually on their
        initiatives to reduce poverty and on key indicators of opportunity
        such as income levels, education, health and housing
    -   Require Ontario to develop a new strategy at least every five years
    -   Mandate future governments to consult before developing these
        strategies, including consultation with those living in poverty
    -   Require future governments to set a specific poverty reduction target
        at least every five years

    By requiring future Ontario governments to maintain an on-going commitment
to the reduction of poverty, the McGuinty government is taking another step
towards ensuring that everyone in Ontario has the opportunity to achieve their
full potential.


    "With our commitment as a government, the engaged support of countless
Ontarians, and the power of this bill to ensure political
accountability,Ontario is firmly positioning itself as a leader in poverty
    -   Deb Matthews, Minister of Children and Youth Services

    "The passage of this bill is a real turning point for people living in
poverty in Ontario. This government has listened to Ontarians in making this
legislation, and it's stronger for it. People who were once shut out of the
discussion have been heard and now they have a permanent place at the table."
    -   Pat Capponi, Voices from the Street, Author, and Member of 25 in 5.


    -   Ontario's first-ever $1.4 billion Poverty Reduction Strategy Breaking
        the Cycle sets a hard target of reducing the number of children
        living in poverty by 25 per cent over five years - that's 90,000
    -   Meeting the 25 in 5 target will require provincial investments,
        federal investments and a growing economy.
    -   The government is proposing to increase the Ontario Child Benefit
        this July from $600 to a maximum of $1,100 per child per year - two
        years ahead of schedule. The Ontario Child Benefit helps 1.3 million
        children by giving monthly support to their families.


    Find out more about what Ontario is doing to help reduce poverty

    Learn more about Ontario Poverty Reduction Act, 2009

    Read Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy

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For further information:

For further information: Laura Dougan, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3394; Anne Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416) 325-5156

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