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Fix the rates, first! Roundtable’s response to provincial income security report…

The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction has submitted recommendations to the provincial government regarding the Income Security Working Group’s Roadmap for Reform… You can read our submission: Hamilton-Roundtable-for-Poverty-Reduction-Roadmap-Submission-final.pdf

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January 4th, 2018 by HRPR

Basic Income Comes to Hamilton

Basic Income April 24 2017

Province’s basic income pilot good news for more than one thousand Hamilton residents, but action on social assistance adequacy, $15 minimum wage needed too!

The Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction welcomes the Ontario Government’s decision to select Hamilton as one of three municipalities for the provincial basic income pilot announced today. The pilot will run for three years and will reportedly provide up to $16,989/year for four thousand people selected to participate in Hamilton, Brant County and Thunder Bay.

Hamilton is well positioned as a community that understands and responds to the social, economic and health effects of poverty.  Last year, Mayor Eisenberger sent a letter on behalf of Hamilton City Council to the Premier and Minister of Community and Social Services expressing interest to “…design and implement a Basic Income Pilot Project in Hamilton”. Hamilton’s Social Planning and Research Council and Neighbour to Neighbour Centre each held community meetings on basic income in recent months.

“We are certain a basic income pilot project will reinforce the need for income adequacy for all people in Ontario- especially for those on provincial social assistance programs who experience the deepest poverty in society” said John Mills, a member of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction and a basic-income proponent.

“Adequate income is something we have worked hard to bring to the forefront of policy and program discussions,” says Laura Cattari, Campaign Co-ordinator of the Roundtable’s Fix The Gap campaign which has been advocating for evidence based social assistance rates and in favour of Bill 6 (Hamilton East – Stoney Creek MPP Paul Miller’s private member’s bill currently in limbo at the Ontario Legislature).

While news of the pilot project is positive, the Roundtable stresses the need for more information and a comprehensive consent process to ensure participants understand the ramifications of signing up for the pilot.  Nobody should be worse off by participating in the pilot.

With more than 957,000 people in Ontario in receipt of provincial social assistance programs, and a further 1.8 million Ontarians experiencing working poverty, the pilot project will only scratch the surface of Ontario’s deepening poverty and should not be an excuse for inaction on other fronts: “The Ontario Government should also fix the broken social assistance system and raise the minimum wage to $15/hr in Thursday’s provincial budget” said Tom Cooper, director of the Roundtable.


Hamilton poverty… By the Numbers:

  • In December, 2016 there were 12,204 Ontario Works cases in Hamilton (includes individuals or family units)
  • In December, 2016 there were 19,695 Ontario Disability Support program cases
  • A further 29,335 individuals in Hamilton work but live below Statistics Canada’s low income cut-off
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April 24th, 2017 by HRPR

PayDay Loan Cost of Borrowing Review

Payday Loan StoreYou are invited to read the submission made to the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services on behalf of the Poverty Roundtable, the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic and the Social Planning & Research Council.

The letter makes three recommendations and changes to the Pay Day Loan Act: HRPR submission to Minister Gov and Consumer Affairs – May 2016


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May 26th, 2016 by HRPR

Vibrant Communities Canada predicts great things from Hamilton

Read what Kirsti Battista had to say after attending the Hamilton Roundtable’s recent meeting held at the Perkins Centre, here:


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November 9th, 2015 by HRPR

Got your ID to vote?

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


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September 16th, 2015 by HRPR

Community forum on Affordable Child Care Sept 15



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


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September 3rd, 2015 by HRPR

Vote to End Poverty Lawn Signs Now Available

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

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August 14th, 2015 by HRPR

Election 2015 Vote to End Poverty

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!

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August 11th, 2015 by HRPR

20,000 Homes campaign comes to Hamilton

The City of Hamilton is participating in a Housing First campaign called 20,000 Homes.

To learn more, or if you are are interested in being involved or volunteering please click on this link:


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March 18th, 2015 by HRPR

New teaching resource on Income Disparity in Hamilton



Hamilton Public Health Services along with Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board and the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction are very pleased to make available: “Learning About Income Disparity in Hamilton, Ontario” for use in Hamilton classrooms. This project would not have been possible without all of the project partners involved n the creation of this unique teaching tool.

We hope this resource will raise awareness amongst Hamilton students so that over time, a shift in attitudes about poverty and income disparity will have a positive effect on all of Hamilton’s citizens.

Learning about Income Disparity in Hamilton HS Resource Final Version January 23 2015 430pm


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February 3rd, 2015 by HRPR