Eliminating poverty is not only the right and moral thing to do but it also makes economic sense. Poverty is costly for tax payers and businesses and contributes to lost productivity, insufficient pool of skilled workers and higher costs related to social and health services. Addressing poverty is an investment.
Peel can do this! The region has a long history of collective action. There are more than 15 collaboratives in Peel and countless partnerships between the public and non-profit sectors. This strategy builds on a strong foundation of collaboration, interventions and supports already in place that reduce the impact of poverty on Peel individuals and families.
Since the Region of Peel's 2005 Strategic Review of Poverty in Peel, several initiatives such as the Peel Newcomer Strategy Group (PNSG) and the Peel Children and Youth Initiative (PCYI) have been created to ensure Peel residents are supported and systems improved. In addition, important investments in housing and social services have been made by all levels of government:
The Region of Peel, in partnership with senior levels of government and other stakeholders, has and will be able to build close to 100 new affordable housing rental units between 2011 and 2014.
While efforts in Peel are resulting in positive changes, challenges do remain:
Change takes deliberate effort and time. The PPRSC is another brick in the foundation that is creating long-term meaningful change. It aligns with many of the existing collaborative strategies and addresses those issues that require more focused efforts.