Statement by Minister Piruzza on 2013 Annual Report on Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy
Today, Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services, released the following statement on Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy 2013 Annual Report:
"When Breaking the Cycle: Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy was launched in 2008, it was based on the belief that every child should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential.
I am pleased to report that our efforts and investments in young people, families and the economy are continuing to make a difference in people's lives across Ontario. In the first three years of the Strategy, approximately 47,000 children and their families were lifted out of poverty. In 2011 alone, approximately 61,000 children and their families were prevented from falling into poverty. Based on the National Household Survey, Ontario now has the second-lowest low-income rate among all provinces in Canada. This was accomplished during the worst global recession in 70 years and without the additional support of the federal government.
The annual report also outlines the results of recent consultations. Almost 2,000 people across the province participated online and in-person this past summer and fall to provide thoughtful input that will help shape a new, five-year Poverty Reduction Strategy, to be released in early 2014.
Our government is proud of our accomplishments, but we also know the first five years of the Strategy is only the beginning. We know that by investing in people, we all benefit. By working together as partners, we can, and we will, break the cycle of poverty."