The Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force is recognizing the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17th, 2022.
This year’s theme is Dignity for All in Practice. The pandemic has highlighted the long standing gender, racial and economic inequalities in our labour and housing markets; and these inequalities are deepening as we move into a recession.
- 1 in 5 Grey Bruce households are food insecure.
- 65% of households that experience food insecurity have jobs.
- Only 20% of households that experience food insecurity access food banks.
Solutions are needed to respond to poverty in a dignified way.
- The Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action provides the evidence and way forward to address forms of discrimination that deepens and perpetuates poverty of Indigenous People.
- The pandemic has shown the gaps in our social protection systems as well as structural inequalities. We need income solutions to provide a universal guaranteed income for all people and pay a living wage.
- We need to have meaningful action to address the cost-of-living crisis that continues to fuel a housing crisis.
- Ensuring all Grey Bruce residents have access to the income needed to meet their basic needs, including food, will improve community wellbeing and reduce the strain put on our healthcare system, creating an investment in our community’s future.
We recognize the work of more than 52+ social service organizations, policy makers and community members who are part of the Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force. They work collectively to advocate for positive change and greater equity and dignity for people with low resources.
- International Day for the Eradication of Poverty https://www.un.org/en/observances/day-for-eradicating-poverty
- Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force website: https://povertytaskforce.com/
- Poverty 101 page: https://povertytaskforce.com/poverty-101/
- Enough to Thrive On (infographic) https://povertytaskforce.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Enough-to-Thrive-On_2022-1.png
- We All Live Here (infographic) and a policy paper presented to the City of Owen Sound by Community Voices speaks to the need for more diversity and inclusion in municipal decision-making. Community Voices promote Diversity and Inclusion of People on Low Income in municipal government.