Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos.
OTTAWA – The minister responsible for Canada's latest national plan to fight poverty says that the long-term success of the strategy will depend on the willingness of future governments to stick to it.
The recently released plan of 115 pages contains a list of programs and policies that the liberals have adopted since their arrival in 2015, and links them back to efforts to beat the poverty figures.
But there is no new policy or promises in the document to achieve the intended goal of halving the poverty figures by 2030 by 2015, a historic low that would lift 2.1 million people out of poverty.
"The other measures that future governments will want to take … I think the achievement of 2030 will be feasible – still ambitious, but feasible – and I would like to say realistically, if it is the momentum we have followed since 2015," social responsibility Minister of Development Cooperation Jean-Yves Duclos said in an interview.
A first measure of the new strategy will be in 2020, when the liberals promise to achieve a 20 percent lower poverty than those for 2015, which would amount to about 900,000 fewer people living in poverty.
The government estimates that by next year 650,000 people will be lifted out of poverty as a result of these efforts, with promised spending programs such as a new housing supplement that helps to reduce poverty rates in the future.
The strategy also establishes an official poverty rate for the country: the "market basket measure", created for the first time by federal officials at the end of the nineties. The government plans to introduce legislation this year that will anchor the objectives of the strategy and the poverty line in legislation.
In the context of the market basket measure, a family or person is considered to be poor if they can not pay a basic basket of goods and services. The measure is tailor-made for 50 different communities to take into account the difference in living costs between cities.
However, it does not contain data for indigenous communities and parts of the north, but Duclos says the government will take steps to close the statistical gap to better define poverty and track efforts to relieve it in First Nations, Inuit and Metis. communities.
The document released Tuesday refers much to what the Liberals have heard during consultations on the strategy: a need to raise wages, help Canadians to afford everyday goods more easily and to improve safety nets to prevent people from falling into poverty.
The strategy says the government should work to increase the proportion of income earned by the lower 40 percent of earners with more Canadians who join the middle class, which would partially require that more prosperity is being redistributed from the higher wage earners on the income ladder.
The share of income among the lower incomes is, according to Duclos, an important indicator of how close they are to the middle class and how certain they can be to not fall back into low income and into poverty & # 39 ;