The federal government introduced Opportunity for All — Canada’s First Ever Poverty Reduction Strategy earlier this year, which is a program that hopes to reduce poverty by 20 per cent by 2020 and 50 per cent by 2030. While this national plan will help lift more Canadians out of poverty, non-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have also been addressing the issue of poverty with the hopes of eradicating it. From the power of education, to the importance of helping veterans, here are a few that are doing good work to help those in need.
PATHWAYS TO EDUCATION
Founded in 2001 and partnered with the Government of Canada, Pathways to Education seeks to end the cycle of poverty through the power of education. Its award-winning program, the Pathways to Education Program, provides a comprehensive set of academic, financial and social one-on-one support to youth in need. As a result, graduation rates have improved by an average of 85% in communities where the Pathways program was offered. Locations for the program can be found in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Alberta.