Regional Council received a delegation from Anita Stellinga, Vice President, Community Investment, United Way of Peel Region; Rosemary Keenan, Peel Poverty Action Group; and, Motilall Sarjoo, President, Brampton-Mississauga and District Labour Council, who provided an update on the progress of the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee (PPRSC), which was created in response to the 2008 announcement by the Province of Ontario that they would develop a provincial poverty reduction strategy.
The Region of Peel's three-year Poverty Reduction Strategy focuses on five issues: economic opportunities; income security; affordable and accessible transportation; food security; and, safe and affordable housing. Year one of the Strategy's implementation focused on raising awareness about poverty in Peel, the PPRSC and opportunities for involvement, engaging senior leaders in the public and private sectors and prioritizing the actions identified.
Some of the actions and activities that will be the focus of year 2 include identifying public policies that can be addressed collectively; advocating for continued investments through the new five-year Provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy; developing the concept of a living wage for Peel Region; developing a local Food Charter; and, supporting the implementation of Peel's Housing and Homelessness Plan.
Through partnerships, activities aimed at creating awareness and engaging residents, advocating for changes to specific public policies and implementation of the actions identified in the Strategy, the PPRSC will continue to have a positive impact on a growing and complex issue in the Region of Peel.
For more information about Poverty Reduction in Peel, please visit: http://www.povertyinpeel.ca/index.asp