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Got your ID to vote?

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Not sure what ID you need to vote? Curious about how new ID rules are going to affect you?

Check out one of the information booths across the City to find out and get information you need to be ready for October 19th!

Voter Information Clinics 2015


Community forum on Affordable Child Care Sept 15

Category: National Poverty PlanNews



We invite you to attend, see the flyer below for all the details. Sept 15 Childcare Event flyer


Vote to End Poverty Lawn Signs Now Available

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Quantities are limited. Fill out the form here to order yours today!

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Election 2015 Vote to End Poverty

Category: National Poverty PlanNews

The election’s been called, and the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction is gearing up to put poverty on the agenda this fall!

Check out the National Poverty Plan page here for updates on what’s changed for voters this time around, and stay tuned for more on the issues we’ll be bringing to candidates!

Hamilton’s 20,000 Homes Campaign

Category: National Poverty PlanSocial PolicyUncategorized

As part of Hamilton’s 20,000 Homes Campaign, the following Registry Week Homelessness Survey Results were presented on April 30 — take a look at what we learned:



You can also find the video that was created as part of Hamilton’s Campaign here:


HRPR’s Federal Budget for 2015

Category: National Poverty Plan

HRPR Federal Budget 2015

HRPR Federal Budget 2015

House of Commons to hold hearings on Income Inequality in Canada

Category: National Poverty Plan


The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance will be holding hearings on Income Inequality in Canada.  The hearings come at a time when many observers agree the income gap between the lowest income earners and Canada’s most affluent residents is growing.  According to the Conference Board of Canada, “Canada isn’t living up to its potential or its reputation when it comes to societal issues like poverty, government and inequality”.

The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction has prepared a brief:  Hamilton Roundtable submission to FINA to the Standing Committee on Finance outlining key indicators of inequality within our community along with recommendations to reduce Hamilton and Canada’s inequality gap.

“Don’t balance the budget on the backs of the poor!”

Category: National Poverty PlanShifting AttitudesSocial Assistance Reform

April 17, 2012, Hamilton Spectator Editorial, Howard Elliott: 
Any Budget Compromise must include lifting welfare freeze!

April 16, 2012, Hamilton Spectator Editorial, Rick Hughes: 
We Must Provide necessary social services

April 10th, 2012, Hamilton Spectator: 
“Discretionary” health benefits such as eyeglasses, dentures, baby supplies – even funerals – now at risk as province downloads costs to municipalities

April 9th, 2012, RAISE THE HAMMER:
 Balancing the books on the backs of the poor, by Ryan McGreal

April 9th, 2012, CTV Newsnet
  Armine Yalnizyan on the growing gap of inequality in Canada

April 4th, 2012, Hamilton Spectator:
Food Banks face Baby Food Crisis – Food Share and Poverty Roundtable denounce provincial budget

April 3rd, 2012:
CHCH News: “Provincial Budget’s Hunger Games”

Press Release APRIL 3, 2012 – Povincial Budget
“Critical shortage of baby formula at area food banks spurs Hamilton Community to Action, but will the 2012 provincial budget deepen the crisis?”

Ontario’s social assistance system is failing this province’s most vulnerable citizens. Rates are too low, rules are too complex and opportunities to move off the system into well-paying jobs are few and far between. Individuals with disabilities do not have the supports they need to help them live healthier.

Poverty Roundtable responds to provincial budget measures that freeze welfare rates, delay Ontario Child Benefits – Read Tom Cooper’s column in the Hamilton Spectator

Deirdre Pike and Tom Cooper talk welfare freeze on AM 900 CHML’s Bill Kelly show  2012 budget discussion Bill Kelly

The Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario has released Discussion Paper 2: Approaches for Reform and What We Heard: A Summary of Discussion on Social Assistance.

Click here to read the Hamilton Poverty Roundtable’s response

Visit the Social Assistance Page for more information

Organizations in Hamilton Respond to the Social Assistance Discussion Paper: