Tools to Help You Measure and Optimize Your Impact

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Collective Impact in Practice


Seven Cities Reducing Poverty members across Canada are successfully applying the five conditions of Collective Impact to their work. Learn how applying Collective Impact conditions to your work can help move the needle on poverty in your community.

Impact Reporting: From Activities to Outcomes


With limited time and resources available to groups addressing major social changes, there is a deep desire to move away from reporting for reporting sake to undertaking an evaluation that furthers a collaborative’s work by revealing its outcomes.

Latest Stories in Poverty Reduction

SAVE THE DATE – The End of Poverty gathering is happening October 14-16, 2020, in Calgary, AB!


Over the two and a half days, you will learn from inspiring keynotes and peer leaders, take part in interactive workshops, and engage in an energizing cultural celebration. Together we will learn to:

  • Reconnect your passion for helping others and energizing your community.
  • Understand what it takes to move from an emerging state to a sustainable community-wide initiative.
  • Create a large-scale common agenda and form multi-sector leadership teams for your collaborative efforts.
  • Harness the latest techniques for community engagement and effective communication.
  • Involve those who will benefit most from the change you hope to see.
  • How to influence the policy environment and align your work with Canada’s first poverty reduction strategy.

In Case You Missed It

The End of Poverty

By: Jim Hughes

Universal Health?

by Elle Richards

Poverty Reduction Policies Across Canada

Here are some policy highlights for September:

  • Canadians headed to polls on October 21st and elected Liberals once again but lose popular vote to Conservatives; 66% of eligible Canadians voted.
  • What the new minority government means for Canadian pocketbooks and the economy.
  • Child poverty by federal ridings show the House of Commons’ pledge to end poverty by 2000 is far behind.

Learn How Cities are Making a Difference

  • Cape Breton activists call for a plan to end poverty, join the Chew on This! Campaign.
  • Calgary – Albertans deserve quality, effective social services.
  • Charlotte County community solutions for rural mobility.
  • Hamilton program aims to help people out of poverty through the kitchen.
  • Haliburton Kawartha Lakes poverty reduction roundtable recommends food charter and food action plan for the County of Haliburton.
  • London livable wage increases by 4.3% says London Poverty Research Centre.
  • Montreal – Centraide of Greater Montreal launched their #unignorable campaign, bringing awareness to poverty-related social issues that often go unnoticed.
  • Niagara leading growth of living wage program in Ontario with 28 businesses and organizations certified as living wage employers.
  • Oxford County Poverty awareness comes to Oxford county; residents urged to remember poverty isn’t a far-off issue.
  • Powell River released Living Wage calculations; report suggests families may benefit from new BC government initiatives.
  • Strathcona County Family and Community Services will be hosting the inaugural Social Summit: From Isolation to Connection.
  • Toronto is the working age poverty capital of Canada.
  • Vancouver city invents in non-profit sector to build community and organizational capacity, support poverty and support innovative projects.

Upcoming Webinars

Authentic Engagement with People of Lived and Living Experience

Speakers: Cheryl Whiskeyjack and Jonathan Massimi

Date: November 25, 2019


Asking Our Communities: A Journey to Understand Participation and Involvement

Speakers: Lidia Kemeny and Paul Born

Date: November 26, 2019


Bridging Difference: Building Authentic Collaborative Partnerships

Speakers: Mary Pickering and Liz Weaver

Date: January 14, 2020

Looking for a great gift this holiday season?

Share a copy of Paul Born’s Deepening Community book with your family, friends or colleagues. In this thoughtful and moving book, Paul describes the four pillars of a deep community: sharing our stories, taking the time to enjoy one another, taking care of one another, and working together for a better world. Get 40% off between December 2-9, 2019.

Turf, Trust and Collaboration

Toronto & Hamilton, ON  | January 14 & 15, 2020


This interactive workshop focuses on the core leadership competency of trust-building. Learners will walk away with ideas, tools and approaches to effectively engage diverse community partners and intentionally build trusting relationships and collaborative impact.

Facilitating Community-Led Innovation

Toronto, ON | Marck 4 – 5, 2020


Join us for a hands-on facilitation workshop on different approaches to engage the community to innovate together, how to understand what makes these kinds of gatherings distinct, and tools that you can use to host them.

Optimize Your Impact


Join the 70+ cities, towns, regions, provinces and territories that are already members of Vibrant Communities – Cities Reducing Poverty, a social movement aimed at reducing poverty through the place-based efforts of multi-sector roundtables and the alignment of strategies at the municipal, provincial, territorial, and federal levels.


Download our brochure and connect with Alison Homer, Manager of Cities, Cities Reducing Poverty


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