In October 2021, staff received Council approval to develop a:
A Niagara Poverty Reduction Strategy meets the recommendations put forth in the Connecting the Pieces: An Evaluation of the Niagara Prosperity Initiative report by Brock University and the Niagara Community Safety and Well-Being Plan.
The development of the strategy and new approach includes consistent engagement of participating parties who have common agendas in eliminating poverty in Niagara.
A Niagara Poverty Reduction Strategy has many benefits for Niagara residents, service providers and decision makers. A strategy can:
Engaging the community throughout the planning process is a critical piece to developing a Niagara Poverty Reduction Strategy.
To ensure there are diverse perspectives and experiences informing the plan, staff will meet with residents, individuals with lived experience of poverty, educational institutions, service providers, planning tables and the business community.
July 2022 - completed
Assemble a planning working group
July to August 2022 - completed
Assess the current state and evidence review; plan for engagement
September to October 2022
Conduct a community survey
September to November 2022
Identify assets, strengths, pressure points and priorities through community engagement; conduct staff and community focus groups
Identify preliminary priorities
Create a steering committee
January to June 2023
Validate through further community engagement
July to December 2023
Create strategy, monitoring plan and report
Present the Niagara Poverty Reduction Strategy to Regional Council
Align Niagara Prosperity funding with Niagara Poverty Reduction Strategy
We want to hear from you. Complete the poverty reduction strategy survey.
Attend a community conversation and lend your voice and expertise to the strategy.
Register for Community Conversation #1
Sept. 23, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
St. Catharines Public Library
54 Church St., St. Catharines
Register for Community Conversation #2
Sept. 27, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Welland Public Library
Seaway Mall, 800 Niagara St., Welland
Register for Community Conversation #3
Oct. 3, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
L.R. Wilson Heritage Research Archives
286 King St., Port Colborne
Register for Community Conversation #4
Oct. 12, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Community Health Centre
4790 Victoria Ave., Niagara Falls
Register for Community Conversation #5
Oct. 20, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Lincoln Pelham Public Library - Moses F. Rittenhouse Branch
4080 John Charles Blvd., Vineland
The Niagara Poverty Reduction Strategy aligns with: