Despite calls for a national poverty plan from the United Nations, the Senate, and a House of Commons Standing Committee, Canada has not implemented a federal poverty plan. This means that there is no strategy in place to address systemic causes of poverty in Canada.

The federal government has the research, strategies and resources to eliminate poverty in Canada. They control income security payments, tax benefits, pensions, and the vital funding for provincial/territorial health and social service programs. It is time for the federal government to fulfill their obligations under international human rights law.

As the federal government gets ready to announce a budget surplus, the time is right to move forward decisively, and introduce a comprehensive anti-poverty plan, based in human rights.