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Solutions to Poverty Waterloo Region


This initiative came together in response to the 2016 Poverty Symposium, a Waterloo Region community event to raise poverty awareness. A group of concerned citizens from the symposium wanted to build on the innovative thinking inspired at that event, and to find ways of putting their ideas into action. This group became known as Solutions to Poverty Waterloo Region.


Poverty is a long-standing issue, and there is a desire for new and impactful approaches in addressing it. It is from this desire for change that Solutions to Poverty has assembled over 20 members, including individuals with lived experience and representatives from a variety of sectors such as local government; employment support; literacy development; fair-wage advocacy; legal services; emergency shelter services; housing support; food banks; and community healthcare.


Solutions to Poverty is motived by a belief that no one should live in poverty. We have identified older adults as particularly vulnerable to issues of poverty, and we are currently focused on these population cohorts. In 2017, we began to pursue a collective impact approach in addressing the growing and complex issue of poverty among older adults. By working together across the region, and across sectors, we aim to make real change to the conditions that cause and perpetuate poverty among older adults in Waterloo Region.


Click here or email for more information about Solutions to Poverty Waterloo Region.



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