New comprehensive plan will help get more people get back to work and participating in Ontario’s economic recovery from COVID-19
Today, our PC government released its new Poverty Reduction Strategy, which will help more people get back to work and participate in the province’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The five-year strategy will help support Ontario’s economic recovery by connecting people experiencing poverty with training, health, and other supports. This will set them on a pathway to jobs and financial resiliency, while helping people keep more of their hard-earned money.
The strategy focuses will focus on:
- Encouraging job creation and connecting people to employment
- Connecting people with the right supports and services
- Making life more affordable and building financial resiliency
- Accelerating action and driving progress
In the short term, it is about connecting people to opportunities and making life more affordable, and in the long-term, the aim is to empower people so economic downturns are less likely to lead to poverty. The strategy recognizes the different experiences of poverty and disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on certain populations, including youth, women, Black and racialized communities, and Indigenous people.
Though COVID-19 has presented many new social and economic challenges, our government is committed to mitigating the damage caused by the outbreak. Our new poverty reduction strategy will play a key part in Ontario’s economic recovery and long-term economic growth.