OPSBA has a record of advocacy for the role of schools in responding to the needs of the whole child and their readiness to learn. Success in school should be within the reach of every child and we are aware that living in poverty can have far-reaching implications for a child’s readiness to gain from the learning experiences in the classroom. OPSBA has continuously given prominence to poverty reduction in its priorities for action.​

Update, December 2019

In December 2019, the provincial government announced its intention to develop a new poverty reduction strategy for Ontario. Recently, the online survey was launched to seek feedback on the following areas:

  • encouraging job creation and connecting people to employment
  • providing people with the right supports and services
  • lowering the cost of living and making life more affordable
  • the current Poverty Reduction Strategy

Relevant Resources

Campaign 2000’s 2016 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada

OPSBA Submission on Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy – October 2013