Public advisory group established to assist with City of Toronto's poverty reduction efforts

Twenty Torontonians will use their first-hand experience with the conditions and impacts of living with poverty to inform the development, implementation and monitoring of the City's poverty reduction initiatives.

More than 350 residents applied to be part of the Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG). The selected members come from communities across the city and have diverse experiences with poverty. They represent the population groups most affected by poverty as well as people currently living in poverty and people who have overcome it.

The first meeting of the advisory group took place last weekend. The group will meet regularly over its two-year term to provide information and advice to City staff, as well as to contribute to the implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy.

More information, including biographies of LEAG members, is available at http://toronto.ca/toprosperity

TO Prosperity: Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy is a concrete, 20-year plan to address the immediate needs of low-income residents, create pathways to prosperity, and drive systemic change. Unanimously approved by City Council in 2015, TO Prosperity is informed by the expertise of people with lived experience of poverty. The strategy has 17 recommendations for improving housing stability, services access, transit equity, food access, and the quality of jobs and incomes.

TO Prosperity requires the involvement of more than 30 City divisions and agencies, as well as other orders of government, the private sector, labour, community organizations and residents.

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