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Province Partners with East Scarborough Storefront on Community-Based Poverty Solutions

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Province Partners with East Scarborough Storefront on Community-Based Poverty Solutions

Local Poverty Reduction Fund Supports Community-Driven Poverty Solutions

Treasury Board Secretariat

Ontario is supporting programs and services to help individuals and families facing poverty in Scarborough to find employment locally.

Through the Local Poverty Reduction Fund, Ontario is investing up to $416,000 over three years to help East Scarborough Storefront develop and evaluate an initiative that will support low-income individuals in connecting to job opportunities in their neighbourhood and getting the right training so they can be hired by local businesses. This initiative builds on a unique community development model that brings together local residents, businesses and institutions to find collaborative solutions to local issues.

Evidence gathered from this project and others will be used 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 improve 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 funding, East Scarborough Storefront will be able to evaluate its service delivery model and help us learn more about what approaches are making a difference for low-income individuals and families in communities across Ontario.”

Deb Matthews

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

Mitzie Hunter

“This initiative will provide training and jobs to the people of Scarborough, and help to connect employers to the skilled workforce they need. It will build much needed capacity, I look forward to seeing the results as the East Scarborough Works initiative progresses.”

Mitzie Hunter

Associate Minister of Finance and Member of Provincial Parliament for Scarborough-Guildwood

“In order to truly make a difference we need to focus on leveraging local assets, building community wealth and creating the kind of community people want to live in: one with decent local work opportunities.”

Anne Gloger

Director, East Scarborough Storefront

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