The time is long overdue for Canada to eliminate poverty.

The federal government is set to launch the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (CPRS) in the next few weeks. For anti-poverty groups awaiting the release of the country’s first national plan to address poverty, it is a momentous occasion and the result of years of tireless work. For the 4.8 million people living in poverty in Canada, it is a sign of hope a long time in the making.

The Trudeau government announced its intention to create a national plan in 2015, but the idea is far from new. On numerous occasions, the United Nations has instructed Canada to work towards fulfilling its human rights obligations, including the right to an adequate standard of living, by implementing such a strategy. In addition, Canada has committed to eliminating poverty by 2030 through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Federal leadership in developing a national poverty reduction strategy provides a new opportunity to make significant strides towards meeting these goals. But simply launching a plan isn’t enough.