June 2017 First Call Coalition Meeting Agenda

First Call Coalition Meeting
BC Teachers’ Federation Building, 550 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
9 to 11:30 am – Note early start time
Refreshments served at 8:45 am


Community Conversation on Federal Poverty Reduction Strategy

This coalition meeting is a special consultation by First Call and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition to gather input for the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy. Your input will be shared with Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos to help shape the federal poverty reduction strategy.

Please register. If you cannot make it in person but would like to call in, please let us know.

1. Welcome and introductions

2. History and present context of federal-provincial responsibilities
Speaker: Jean Swanson, previous president of National Anti-Poverty Organization

3. Discussion
Theme #1 – Communities Experience

  • What does poverty look like in your community? What are the main causes of poverty? On which groups should we focus our efforts?
  • Which Government of Canada programs and policies do you feel are effective at reducing poverty? Are there some that can be improved? What else could we do? – Aim to develop a list of policy recommendations

Theme #2 – Successful Poverty Reduction Strategy
Brief introduction by Adrienne Montani and Trish Garner

  • What should success look like in the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy? What target(s) and indicators should we use to measure progress?
  • What are some initiatives in Canada or elsewhere that have been introduced or proposed to effectively reduce poverty?

Theme #3 – Building and Maintaining Strong Partnerships

  • How can the Government of Canada align its poverty reduction strategy so that it supports existing efforts by provinces, territories, municipalities and communities?

4. Conclusion/Closing remarks

5. Group photo
6. Adjournment


Federal consultation toolkit

First Call and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition have developed a toolkit to hosting your own consultation. This includes questions we’ll be asking at this June coalition meeting consultation.

If you are holding your own consultation, please confirm your participation with Trish Garner at trish@bcpovertyreduction.ca and let us know if you require funding support. 

Background resources

Government of Canada’s Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy: Full and Backgrounder

Dignity for All’s series of one-pagers based on their National Anti-Poverty Plan, which was developed through years of consultations with a broad range of social policy experts and people with lived experience of poverty

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ A Federal Plan to Tackle Poverty and Inequality and their Alternative Federal Budget 2017 – see the chapter on poverty (starts page 118)

Campaign 2000’s Poverty Measurement overview

Other ways you can participate

Government of Canada’s:

Talk about how you’re contributing to the discussion using #ReducePoverty on Twitter (@SocDevSoc) and Instagram (@esdc-edsc)

Dignity for All’s: