Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy - Poverty Survey - January 30, 2020

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Minister’s Office
438 University Avenue, 7th Floor
Toronto ON M7A 1N3

Tel: (416)325-5225
Fax: (416)325-5240

Ministere des Services a l’enfance et des Services sociaux et communautaires
Bureau du Ministre
438, avenue University, 7e stage
Toronto ON M7A 1N3

Tel: (416)325-5225
Telec: (416)325-5240


January 30, 2020

Dear Municipal Partner:

First, I want to take the opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year.

Further to the letter I sent you on December 16, 2019, I am pleased to notify you that our survey to inform the development of Ontario's next Poverty Reduction Strategy is now live on Ontario.ca/povertysurvey and will be available online until March 30, 2020.

Our government believes that the people of Ontario are the province's greatest asset and when the people of Ontario succeed, our economy and province succeed. It is our shared responsibility to create the best conditions for people to reach their potential. We need and we want to listen to municipalities, Indigenous partners, members of the community, service providers, employers, and local partners to find new and innovative ways to support people during challenging times and create the conditions that will help them build a better life.

To support the development of our new Poverty Reduction Strategy, we are asking residents of Ontario to take 30 minutes and answer our survey as we seek new ideas on how we can:

  • Encourage job creation and connect people to employment
  • Provide people with the right supports and services
  • Lower the cost of living and make life more affordable.

As part of a new strategy, we will set a target for poverty reduction and identify indicators to measure progress to ensure we are achieving results.

The survey can be accessed at Ontario.ca/povertysurvey. Please feel free to share the survey link with your community members and colleagues.

In addition, we are also welcoming written submissions that can be sent by e-mail to prso@ontario.ca or by mail to Poverty Reduction Strategy, 3rd Floor, 315 Front Street West, Toronto ON, M7A 0B8. If there are any questions on how any personal information such as names and addresses that are included with a submission will be used, please contact: Manager, Strategic Policy Unit, MCCSS by e-mail at prso@ontario.ca or by telephone at (647) 308-9963.

I encourage you to share information about this consultation, including the survey link, with service providers, Indigenous partners and businesses in your community. I look forward to receiving input from Ontario residents as we work together to make a difference in reducing poverty in the province.


Todd Smith