Minister Jean-Yves Duclos & Poverty Reduction (Dec. 8)

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Agenda for
Pearson Roundtable on Poverty Reduction

December 8, 2016

Venue:
Somerset West Community Health Centre, (SWCHC); Third Floor Board Room,
55 Eccles Street, Ottawa K1R6S3 (Booth and Somerset area)

8:30 Registration and coffee

8:45 Call to Table

9:00 Welcome by Andrew Cardozo, President, Pearson Centre, and Naini Cloutier, Executive Director, SWCHC

9:15 Introductions and First Topic

9:30 Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos will discuss the federal government plan to develop a national poverty reduction strategy

9:45 Questions and Comments

10:00 Moderated Discussion, with lead-off speakers on select subjects.

11:30-12:00 Open Discussion

Note that participants who wish to advance specific proposals are asked to provide advance summaries.


Topics for discussion: The Chair will call on specific individuals to lead off the discussion

1. Should the federal government invite provinces to adopt a shared national objective for poverty reduction with annual progress reports by Statistics Canada? (Terrance Hunsley)

2. Should there be a single measure of low income, possibly supplemented by other measures of poverty? (Miles Corak)

3. What will we learn from the Ontario experiment if it proceeds as recommended by Hugh Segal? What important questions about BI, and BI vs other interventions, will the Pilot not likely be able to answer? (All)

4. Weighing the pros and cons of various approaches to poverty reduction, such as augmenting existing social assistance, basic income, expanding the WITB and/or income supplementation for housing, expanding labour market programs (with or without job guarantee), providing basic income for people with disabilities, early childhood education/child care, increasing minimum wages, expanding universal public services, etc? (Sheila Regehr, Sherri Torjman, Jane Bertrand, Jean Pierre Voyer, David MacDonald, Andrew Jackson)

5. What kind of poverty reduction initiatives would hold the most potential for vulnerable populations? ( Michele Biss, NWAC Rep, Amy Casipullai, Avvy Go, Lise Martin)

6 How can federal and provincial objectives and responsibilities for poverty reduction best be aligned to maximize cooperation and minimize fiscal competition? (Herb Breau)

7. Should poverty reduction be the main initiative for reducing inequality? (All)

8. Other issues or questions that participants may wish to raise.

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