Ted McMeekin has been tasked with studying the realities of rural poverty in Ontario.

Premier Kathleen Wynne has asked McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale and also Wynne’s parliamentary assistant, to work with government partners and stakeholders, communities and people with lived experience to prepare a report on strategies to combat rural poverty across the province.

Though no timeline has been set for the report, he said work is already underway with a “kitchen cabinet” team of researchers including professors, Queen’s Park staffers and a former president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.