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Local Poverty Reduction Fund to Invest in New Technology for Perth and Huron Organizations

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Local Poverty Reduction Fund to Invest in New Technology for Perth and Huron Organizations

New Fund Supports Community-Driven Solutions to Tackling Poverty

Treasury Board Secretariat

Ontario is investing in an innovative web-based tool, created by the University of Waterloo, to help community organizations lift people and families out of poverty.

Through the Local Poverty Reduction Fund, Ontario is investing up to $300,000 in a new software platform that will allow organizations to collect, analyze and share data on poverty and poverty reduction initiatives in Perth and Huron counties.

This tool will help identify the areas of greatest need in the community and identify the local initiatives that best help the community, allowing civic leaders to target resources to those who need them the most and invest in the right supports.

Evidence gathered from this project and others will be used by the province to support poverty reduction programs across the province that have been proven to work and that can expand over time.

Fighting poverty is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • The Local Poverty Reduction Fund is a $50-million, six-year initiative that supports community-driven projects, which measurably improves the lives of those disproportionately affected by poverty, including women, single parents, people with disabilities, youth, newcomers, visible minorities, seniors and Aboriginal Peoples.
  • Organizations have two more opportunities to apply for funding in 2016 and 2017.

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Deb Matthews

“With this fund, we are establishing a new way of tackling poverty, one that’s rooted in evidence. I’m thrilled to see the University of Waterloo is helping us build the body of evidence we need to make sure we are investing in what works and what makes people’s lives better.”

Deb Matthews

Deputy Premier, President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy

“This research partnership story is only getting better. We have put the pieces together — the bright minds, the partners with real need, lots of data, and a vision for a solution to help their community. Through this funding, they’ll be able to realize this vision and potentially help communities across Ontario.”

Clarence Woudsma

Associate Professor, Director, Communities, Health, Environment and Communications Initiative, University of Waterloo.

“We thank the Government of Ontario for its support and vision in seeing how modern web-based information technology can be used as a tool to gather community-level data to support efforts on poverty reduction.”

Prof. Don Cowan

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, School of Computer Science, and Director, Computer Systems Group (CSG), University of Waterloo

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