Poverty Reduction Task Group

Definition of Poverty

Poverty is a complex issue that may be understood as inadequate education, health, financial, physical and social resources needed to sustain positive well-being. It may also be experienced as an absence of equity, choice and power, which negatively impacts one’s sense of belonging, citizenship and participation. As one aspect of poverty, income is recognized as the most important social determinant of health. As such, we accept the Low Income Measure (After Tax) threshold as the quantitative measure of poverty per individual for Simcoe County.

PRTG Workplan 2021-2024 Final 


Interim Chair:  Christine Bushey

Secretary:  Tammy Millington

Initiatives addressing Poverty in Simcoe County:

  1. Simcoe County Circles includes both Bridges out of Poverty and Getting Ahead Funded by the Ontario Local Poverty Reduction Fund.

For more information or if you wish to attend and/or host a workshop contact:

Christene Ross, Circles Coordinator (705) 722-3132 ext 1864

Vicki Hannan, Circles Coach (705) 722-3132 ext 1828  

Tammy Millington, Circles Community Liaison 705 549-1890 ext 42655

2.  Local Reports

Working to End Homelessness 20K campaign

Vital Signs 2016

Low Income FOCUS Report (Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, 2015

3.  Lived Experience Advocacy and Development Network – LEAD and community members to be involved

Nothing About Us Without Us:  Seven principles for leadership and inclusion of people with lived experience of homelessness. Toronto: The Homeless Hub Press – Lived Experience Advisory Council. (2016).

Engaging People with Lived/Living Experience

4.  Advocacy

Living Wage

2016 Living Wage Calculation for Simcoe County

A living wage is the hourly wage rate at which a household can meet its basic needs, once government transfers and deductions have been subtracted. The 2016 living wage calculation for Simcoe County is $17.74. The Poverty Reduction Task Group will identify future community planning priorities associated with the living wage, including an education and awareness campaign, engaging local employers, and encouraging participation in the Ontario Living Wage Network.

Household Food Insecurity: No Money for Food Cent$less Campaign



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