At the Halton Poverty Roundtable’s Poverty Reduction Forum on Thursday April 4th at the Oakville Conference Centre, a community consultation took place. The goals of the day were to educate the community on the Social Assistance Review being undertaken by the provincial government and to develop a community action plan. Approximately 200 participants were present, representing various sectors, backgrounds and lived experiences.
While the program for the forum was focused on the recent Commission for the Review on Social Assistance, the many changes that are being proposed, and how these changes will affect recipients of social assistance, this focus facilitated conversations on the many of the contributing factors to poverty. The flyer promoting the forum is attached to this report, as is the event program and group discussion questions.