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News Release: September 18, 2018

Cities Innovating to Reduce Poverty Conference in Peel, September 18-19

Mississauga, ON. (August 15, 2018) - The Tamarack Institute’s Cities Innovating to Reduce Poverty, supported by the Region of Peel and the Peel Poverty Reduction Committee, will host more than 150 civic leaders, elected officials and non-profit staff to explore the important role of cities in efforts to eliminate poverty in Canada. Over two days, attendees from Eastern Canada will learn from social innovation experts and each other about approaches to engage governments, businesses, non-profits and citizens with lived experience in their efforts.

Cities Innovating to Reduce Poverty will elevate conversations from previous summits held since 2015 and focus on ways to integrate work being undertaken by cities, provincial governments and the new Federal poverty reduction strategy. "This is a unique moment in history; cities, provinces and our Federal Government are all working with independent, yet interrelated, poverty reduction strategies. This conference is a chance to help bring these efforts even closer together, share learning, and advance new opportunities." says Paul Born, CEO of Tamarack Institute.

"The Region of Peel is thrilled to have been chosen to co-host this conference. Reducing poverty is a key part of the Region’s Strategic Plan to create a healthy, safe and connected community in Peel." said Janice Sheehy, Commissioner of Human Services for the Region of Peel. "The conference falls in perfect conjunction with the official launch of the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy 2018-2028, a comprehensive ten-year plan to mitigate and reduce the impact of poverty on residents in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga."

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About Tamarack Institute
Tamarack Institute is a connected force for community change that serves more than 24,000 learners in over 2,900 cities worldwide. Vibrant Communities - Cities Reducing Poverty is a member network.  If you wish to learn more, please visit their website at:  

About The Peel Poverty Reduction Committee
The Peel Poverty Reduction Committee was created in 2008, and developed the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy 2012-2015, and the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy 2018-2028. Co-chaired by the United Way of Greater Toronto and the Region of Peel, the Committee is committed to ensuring the Peel region is a livable community for all individuals and families and is comprised of community groups, organizations, Regional and Municipal governments, the education and health care systems and local residents. For more information on the Committee please visit the website and on Twitter at @Peel_Poverty.

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for more than 1.5 million people and 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel is the only government organization at any level to receive Excellence Canada's Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.

Media Contacts

Ann-Marie Koumettou
Specialist, Communications
Region of Peel

Justin Williams
Managing Assistant
Tamarack Institute
Phone: 519-574-9299