Canada is a wealthy country with a strong economy and many social support programs, yet over four million Canadians regularly struggle to make ends meet, maintain affordable and adequate housing, feed their families, and address basic needs. In Niagara region alone, our food banks have difficulty meeting demand and over 4500 households are on the centralized wait list for affordable housing. We can and must do better.

There are many important roles for the federal government to play to help reduce poverty across Canada, as outlined on the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network website www.wipeoutpoverty.ca. One of these roles is the creation of a national plan of action on poverty. Despite multiple calls by the United Nations, a Senate committee, and a House of Commons committee for Canada to create a plan, one has not been developed.