The Peel Poverty Reduction Committee was created in 2008, and developed the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy 2012–2015, and the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy 2018-2028.
The Committee uses a collective impact approach, a model that is used by the Vibrant Communities, a network of cities across Canada that are mutually committed to exploring the extent to which communities are substantially reducing poverty by using comprehensive, multi-sectoral partnership to effect social changes. In that context, Peel Poverty Reduction Committee:
- Influences system change
- Advocates for policies and changes that lift people out of poverty and move people to wellbeing and prosperity
- Builds awareness that allow people see their role in poverty reduction
- Builds strategic partnerships across sectors
- Mobilizes efforts that address systemic barriers
- Measures community impact
- Enables groups and individuals to challenge status quo that makes progress against poverty
- Encourages innovative solutions
The Peel Poverty Reduction Committee, co-chaired by United Way and the Region of Peel was formed in 2008 following local commitment to further the work that began with the local work on Poverty in Peel, and the announcement by the Province of Ontario in 2008, that a provincial poverty reduction strategy would be created. The Committee is a collaborative network that includes residents, people with lived experience, poverty reduction advocates, academia, all levels of government, non-profit organizations and public sector organizations. A key principle behind the work of the Committee is that in order to effectively address poverty, we must all work together
Peel region is a liveable community for all individuals and families.
To create a Peel community where everyone works together to build a poverty free future.
- People-centred – individuals and families are at the centre of our work. We will ensure that all voices are heard and included in any decisions.
- Participatory – we acknowledge that residents, private, public, and non-profit sectors have a role to play; we work collaboratively with all stakeholders to achieve positive sustainable results for the community.
- Inclusive – we will raise awareness about how poverty affects individuals and groups differently, advocate for policies that address systemic barriers, accessibility and inequities.
- Value added – We will build on the work and experiences of networks, collaborative, organizations, and people with lived experience.
- Accountable – We are accountable to the community to ensure our efforts result in positive changes.