HUMA – the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development, and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, (the name rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it.) has spent a year hearing from Canadian experts, social advocates, municipal and business leaders, about what the federal government can do to reduce poverty in the country.

The report was prefaced with the observation that:

The Committee found that across all sectors there are a multitude of programs and services assisting those living in poverty. The federal, provincial, and territorial governments already have an established system of measures that encompass income supports, education and training, physical and social infrastructure development, and housing. The Committee finds it frustrating that after so many programs and years of funding by all levels of government, such little progress has been made in reducing child poverty and poverty among persons with disabilities and that the rate of poverty among unattached working age adults is increasing.