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Local Poverty Reduction Fund – $50 Million – for Canadian Groups in Ontario: Apply in May 2015

The following video presents Local Poverty Reduction Fund to Support Community Driven Solutions:

  • The presentation starts at mark 0:23 seconds.

“Ontario is investing $50 million to support grassroots community partners in lifting people and families out of poverty.

The Local Poverty Reduction Fund will support innovative local solutions and help community organizations demonstrate their progress, evaluate their programs and build a collective body of evidence of poverty reduction initiatives that work.

Reducing poverty means investing in the right supports that improve outcomes for people. Ontario’s work to fight poverty has made a difference in the lives of children and families, including preventing thousands from falling into poverty during the recession. Despite these successes, we know there is more work to do.

There are many local, grassroots and innovative programs in communities that are making a difference in the lives of people living in poverty. Using the evidence gathered from these programs, the government will work to apply best practices across the province and focus on funding programs that are proven to work and that can expand over time.

Fighting poverty is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.”

Local Poverty Reduction Fund is $50 million that will be invested over six years in Ontario, Canada.

The fund is available to a wide range of groups. Not-for-profit organizations, registered charities, broader public sector organizations such as municipal governments, district social service administration boards (DSSAB) as well as Aboriginal communities and organizations can apply for the fund.

Fund Criteria 

To be considered for funding, applicants must meet the following criteria:

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You’re Invited: Toronto Events Jan.7-Feb.2, 2014 + Toronto & Ontario News

Here are some great events in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Most events are FREE.

Are You Interested in Weaving?

Tuesday Afternoons from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

FREE Admission

Gibson House Museum

Call 416-395-7432 for more info.

  • Gibson House’s small but dedicated group of weavers has been making textiles for the museum programs and gift shops for years.
  • Their products are so popular they need more hands to help.
  • If you have basic weaving experience and are interested in helping them grow this group and their weaving activities at the museum – please join them.
  • Please call to confirm your interest.
  • After your initial orientation, you can drop in to weave any time (pre-arranged).

Saturdays and Sundays in January

Admission is by Pay What You Can

12 to 4 p.m.

Scarborough Museum

Contact Info: 416-338-8807 or

  • Warm up with some cider, sample fresh baked treats and share what you love about Scarborough!
  • Make your family a part of history!
  • The Community Memories Kiosk is waiting to record individual and family stories.
  • Newcomers and long time residents welcome.
  • Please click here for more info.

Factory Farms: Behind the Scenes

FREE Admission

January 8, 2014


Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Road North (Royal York and Bloor)

  • Brentwood Program Room
  • Speaker: Sonia Faruqi (
  • What are factory farms? What do they do? And why are they concerning?
  • In this talk, Sonia Faruqi will draw on industry information as well as her own experiences investigating and living at factory farms around the world.
  • The talk will end with tangible, practical solutions and actions.
  • Drop-In Workshop. First Come, First Seated.
  • Please click here for more info.

Toronto Repair Café


January 11, 2014


Skills for Change – 791 St. Clair Ave. W.

  • Do you have a broken appliance, piece of furniture or item of clothing that you’d like to save from the landfill?
  • That’s where the volunteer “fixers” at the Repair Café come in!
  • Help combat waste and built-in obsolescence at this event!
  • For more info about Toronto Repair Café, please click here.

winter bird count rouge park 2014

Rouge Park’s 11th Annual Winter Bird Count

January 12, 2014

9:30am Top of the Vista trail from Zoo Road
Meeting Point TTC and Parking info

12:30pm Beare Wetland Loop from Zoo Road
Meeting Point TTC and Parking info

Sheryl Santos
Stewardship Coordinator

Rouge Park
905-713-6007 (phone)

Sheryl Santos provided the following details of this event:

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Put Food in the Budget Campaign: Submit Your Evidence to “A Poor People’s Inquiry” in Ontario

Put Food in the Budget Campaign: A Poor People's Inquiry
Put Food in the Budget Campaign: A Poor People’s Inquiry

This is an update to the previous blog, Put Food in the Budget: Please Urge Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to Raise Social Assistance Rates Now!

Did you know that?

  • A single person in Ontario, Canada, receives only $626 a month in social assistance.
  • After paying the rent, many people in Ontario don’t have enough money to buy food.
  • More than 400,000 people in our wealthy province are forced to go to food banks every month.

In response, Put Food in the Budget launches A Poor People’s Inquiry across Ontario.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne told the media that social justice is her top priority. Premier Wynne’s claim is believable only if she significantly increases social assistance rates and puts food in the budget of people who are poor in Ontario.

Put Food in the Budget

The Put Food in the Budget campaign is conducting A Poor People’s Inquiry to answer the following question:

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Ontario Trillium Benefit: More Canadians Get Lump-Sum Payments in July 2013

This video explains the Ontario Trillium Benefit (OTB):

  • OTB came into effect in July 2012:

Ontario Trillium Benefit
Ontario Trillium Benefit

Ontario has a long-term poverty reduction plan called “Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy” which:

  • focuses first on giving children and their families the support they need to achieve their full potential and to get ahead, because “an educated, healthy and employable workforce is critical to the economic future of this province”
  • has the target of reducing the number of children living in poverty by 25 per cent over 5 years

As a support of the “Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy”, the Ontario Trillium Benefit (OTB) came into effect in July 2012.

The Ontario Trillium Benefit (OTB) combined, into one monthly payment, the following tax credits: