According to the Low-Income Cut Off-After Tax (LICO-AT) measure, there were 105,000 Manitobans (approximately 8.9%) living in poverty in 2011. As a percentage, the number of Manitobans living in poverty hasgone down since the 1990s when it averaged 15%. However, the depth of poverty in Manitoba has not changed and remains, on average, between 25–35% below the poverty line. The average length of time that people are in low income ranges between 2.5 – 2.7 years although some are in poverty for much longer.... Read Andrew Clarks report for the full story!
Inequality and poverty
This report card reviews the federal government's progress in 16 key policy areas at the halfway mark of their term. It finds that, despite some positive first steps, the Liberals’ ambitious talk hasn’t been backed up with the action needed to make these promises a reality. With two years left in the term, the report card includes suggested next steps to help the Liberal government fulfill the progressive agenda they committed to leading up to the election. Among the recommendations:
OTTAWA—After more than 200 sitting days in Parliament, the federal government has not lived up to the vast majority of its progressive promises, according to new analysis released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
Income security programs in Manitoba and Canada are not keeping pace with the growing problem of poverty. Change is needed to ensure low income and vulnerable people and families do not become entrapped in a lifetime of poverty.
As the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) continues, a new study looks at the problems of reactive government policy on MMIWG in Manitoba.
Community Development in a North End Winnipeg Neighbourhood, 2005-2017 examines community development in the Dufferin neighbourhood in Winnipeg’s North End over a period of twelve years. This paper describes how this work later played an integral role in the resurgence of Winnipeg’s Bear Clan Patrol. It describes how community development has been practiced in Dufferin during this period, including both the challenges and successes, and assesses the overall impact this has had in the community.
Government-issued identification (ID) is essential to gain access to a wide range of government entitlements, commercial services and financial systems. Lack of ID on the other hand, represents a critical barrier that prevents low-income Manitobans from accessing these services and benefits, and ultimately results in further marginalization and deepening poverty. Other provinces are now recognizing that ID is necessary to navigate the modern world and are doing something to support those who fall through the cracks.
Government-issued identification (ID) is essential to gain access to a wide range of government entitlements, commercial services and financial systems. Lack of ID on the other hand, represents a critical barrier that prevents low-income Manitobans from accessing these services and benefits, and ultimately results in further marginalization and deepening poverty. A new study, Access to Identification for Low-Income Manitobans researches what can be done to address these challenges.
In this issue: