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4.1.2

Continue to collaborate with community partners in broad based efforts to reduce poverty. 

greenstatus Final update (September 2014)
The Region continues to participate in local initiatives to reduce poverty through the ongoing work of the Social Services Department. The implementation of the Canada Learning Bond and free income tax clinics for those living in low income are examples of where the Region has found opportunity for collaboration on the alleviation or reduction of poverty.  The Region also continues to participate in a number of provincial and national networks and partnerships, the focus of which is the education of poverty including the Vibrant Communities Canada – Cities Reducing Poverty initiative involving over 54 cities across Canada in collaborating on poverty reduction initiatives.

To demonstrate outcomes, in May 2013 the Region of Waterloo hosted two sign up sessions for the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) in Cambridge and Waterloo with the goal to increase the number of children enrolled in the program and help parents get a head start in saving for their child's education after high school. The events successfully enrolled seventy (70) children in the CLB in Waterloo Region, amounting to an initial deposit of $35,000 from the Government of Canada for these bonds with an additional maturity potential totalling $105,000 over the next fifteen years.

Progress Update (September 2013)

The Region through Social Services continues to participate in local initiatives to reduce poverty including the provision of funding for Opportunities Waterloo Region, local implementation of the Canada Learning Bond and free income tax clinics for those living in low income. The Region also continues to participate in a number of networks and partnerships, the focus of which is the education of poverty.

Progress Update (January 2013)

The Region continues to participate in local initiatives to reduce poverty including STEP Home Waterloo Region Shares, Rural Realities Network Community Outreach Program and the Counselling Collaborative.  Through the provision of funding for Opportunities Waterloo Region, there was local implementation of the Canada Learning Bond and free income tax clinics for those living on a low income. 

The Region also continues to participate in a number of networks and partnerships, the focus of which is the education of poverty. 

Progress Indicators

  • Collaboration actions are identified and implemented

 

greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)