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  • November 09, 2017

Ontario Helping Lift People Out of Poverty

Provincial Investment in Local Solutions Driving Change in Ottawa

Ontario is investing in 48 community projects across the province that are supporting new ways to help people break the cycle of poverty, increase food security, find good jobs and end homelessness in Ontario.

Bob Chiarelli, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean and Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP for Ottawa Vanier, were at Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre (PQCHC) today to announce funding for PQCHC’s Student Parent Support Workers program and Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre’s Silatuniq Inuit Youth Engagement Program. These projects are receiving total funding support in the amount of $1.41 million from the province. The data collected will contribute to a body of knowledge that will support poverty reduction programs across the province.

In total, 48 innovative, community-led projects are being funded through Ontario's Local Poverty Reduction Fund, which help groups disproportionately affected by poverty get into housing, develop skills and find employment. Those disproportionately affected by poverty include women, single parents, people with disabilities, youth, newcomers, visible minorities, seniors and Indigenous Peoples. Part of this funding supports data collection, which will help develop more effective poverty reduction programs across the province.

Fighting poverty is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy, and help people in their everyday lives.


“With this funding, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre and Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre will be able to help us learn more about what approaches are making a difference in our community. This will help government, communities and all of our partners design and deliver more effective programs to combat poverty using proven approaches as we continue making Ontario the best place to call home.”

–– Bob Chiarelli, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean on behalf of Ottawa Caucus


“Ontario is investing in programs that will measurably improve the lives of those most affected by poverty. By harnessing the creativity of local partners, identifying innovative community-driven solutions, and building on evidence-based best practices, we can make strong inroads in tackling poverty.”

–– Peter Milczyn, Minister of Housing, Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy


““Resulting from the success of the Pathways to Education program in raising graduation rates in the communities we serve, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre has often been approached by partnering organizations and concerned citizens alike who are seeking the incredible supports, programming, and impact of this unique approach for youth living within their own communities. Through this significant investment by the Government of Ontario’s Local Poverty Reduction Fund, we are excited to be able to work collectively with partners from across the city to help create systemic change that helps close the unacceptable educational achievement gap for youth living in low income.  This new initiative allows us to increase the capacity of priority neighborhoods across our city to support the achievement of youth by building upon the best practices of Pathways to Education model as well as other evidence-based programming.”   

––Christopher McIntosh, CEO of Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre (tbc)


“This initiative builds on Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre’s core  program components; the inclusion and integration of Inuit culture, and language in the delivery of services to Inuit living in an  urban setting. The well-being of Inuit children, youth and their families is at the centre of our work. With our new provincial mandate, we are excited to work collectively with our partners to support Inuit Youth in Eastern Ontario, breaking down the cycle of poverty through the provision of social, cultural and practical supports for Inuit youth.  The investment by the Government of Ontario’s Local Poverty Reduction Fund will capture data to demonstrate the importance of holistic, culturally based programs of supports to build a strong future for the growing population of Inuit Youth in Ottawa and the province.  We look forward to sharing this information with the rest of the province and interested stakeholders.”

–– Karen Baker Anderson, Executive Director, Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre



  • Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre is receiving $740 000 to help evaluate their Student Parent Support Workers program. 
  • Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre is receiving $668 330 to help evaluate their Silatuniq Inuit Youth Engagement Program. 
  • Ontario is investing over $16 million to 48 projects in communities across Ontario, including over $6 million to 20 employment and income security projects, more than $5 million to 14 projects from Indigenous-led organizations, $3 million to 12 projects that are homelessness-related, and more than $4.5 million to 14 projects that are related to food security.
  • These projects focus on local community partnerships and include a third-party evaluation component, which is important because better data will help communities develop better solutions to increasing food security, reducing child poverty and homelessness, and helping people find jobs and earn a stable income.



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