Report indicates province winning in fight against poverty

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Human Resources Minister Susan Sullivan said today that Newfoundland and Labrador has realized significant improvement in the overall level of poverty since 2003.
According to a news release, the province has moved from that of having one of the highest levels of poverty in Canada to the province with the third lowest level.
Sullivan, who is also lead minister for the province's Poverty Reduction Strategy, this morning released the report "Empowering People - Engaging Community - Enabling Success: First Progress Report on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Poverty Reduction Strategy."
The minister said the document demonstrates the province is meeting its commitment to prevent, reduce and alleviate poverty in Newfoundland and Labrador.
"I am very pleased to release our first progress report on the achievements made through the Poverty Reduction Strategy to improve the quality of life and social inclusion of individuals and families living in or vulnerable to poverty in our province," Sullivan said. "Through the progress report, it is evident that Newfoundland and Labrador is well along in its journey toward being the province with the lowest poverty rates in Canada by 2014."
The news release states that, according to Statistics Canada's Low Income Cut-Off (LICO), Newfoundland and Labrador shows significant improvement in the incidence, depth and persistence of poverty: The incidence of low-income decreased from 12.2 per cent in 2003 (63,000 persons) to 6.5 per cent in 2007 (33,000 persons); a decrease of 30,000 people over this time period. Newfoundland and Labrador has the third lowest level per capita in the country of persons living with low incomes.
The depth of poverty, or the average low-income gap (i.e. the average amount low income people fall below the LICO) decreased from $5,500 in 2003 to $4,900 in 2007 and is now the lowest in the country.
John Rook, chairman of the National Council on Welfare, an advisory body on matters of concern to low-income Canadians, said the vision and commitment of Newfoundland and Labrador to combating poverty has been inspirational.
"If every province and territory sought to match or exceed what Newfoundland and Labrador has already done and intends to do, there would be that much more reason for confidence that poverty can be drastically reduced and eventually eliminated in Canada," Rook said.
Empowering People - Engaging Community - Enabling Success: First Progress Report on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Poverty Reduction Strategy can be accessed at www.hrle.gov.nl.ca/hrle/publications/poverty/PRSProgessReport.pdf.

Organizations: Statistics Canada, National Council on Welfare

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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  • Paul
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    Newfoundland and Labrador shows significant improvement in the incidence, depth and persistence of poverty

    What does that mean? What kind of superflous drivel is this?

    Real Newfoundland and Labradorians are still hungry and will contiue to be - on a go forward basis.

    Now, only 33,000 people of this province will be living below the povery line.

  • Ev
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    I wonder how many retired government workers are falling into that poverty pool. Many that retired twenty plus years ago with an unindexed pension based on low wages, surely must be there.

  • bayman
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Over all i support the Williams government, but , to pat themselves on the back for poverty reduction is going a bit too far. People working may have a chance to survive now with the increase in the minimum wage, but , what about the people on social assistance?? Any little bit extra that they get is clawed back dollar for dollar by this government. so, if you pay your ex $ 100 child support a month, $ 100 is deducted from the monthly assistance and the goverment saves that money. Is this any way to reduce poverty ?? There has to be a better way for government to save money. Why can't there be a system similar to the EI system where a person can keep a percentage and then take dollar for dollar ?? Also change the frequency of social assistance cheques to bi - weekly instead of monthly to help with household budgeting. This to me would go a long way in poverty reduction. How do you feel about these ideas Minister Sullivan ????

  • Just Curious
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Could Minister Sullivan tell us why we still have the higest number of people useing food banks in this province. Or has Danny not written that speech for her yet. Platitudes of self praise accomplishes nothing. How many people have left this province to seek employmeny elsewhere? Are Cabinet Ministers not allowed to make statements that dont praise King Danny? That about all we hear lately. The world is a better place because of Danny Williams. Give me a break. Sure the man has done some good things no argument about that. Next thing the environment minister will give Danny credit for the sunshine and blame someon else when the weather is bad. What an absolute joke.

  • Jerome
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    I knew this all along. I now only eat Kraft Dinner 4x a week.

  • JD
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    This is great news for our province. I think our Premier deserves some credit for the wonderful news presented in this article. I truly hope that NL's efforts towards poverty reduction continue into the future.

  • Paul
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    Newfoundland and Labrador shows significant improvement in the incidence, depth and persistence of poverty

    What does that mean? What kind of superflous drivel is this?

    Real Newfoundland and Labradorians are still hungry and will contiue to be - on a go forward basis.

    Now, only 33,000 people of this province will be living below the povery line.

  • Ev
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    I wonder how many retired government workers are falling into that poverty pool. Many that retired twenty plus years ago with an unindexed pension based on low wages, surely must be there.

  • bayman
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    Over all i support the Williams government, but , to pat themselves on the back for poverty reduction is going a bit too far. People working may have a chance to survive now with the increase in the minimum wage, but , what about the people on social assistance?? Any little bit extra that they get is clawed back dollar for dollar by this government. so, if you pay your ex $ 100 child support a month, $ 100 is deducted from the monthly assistance and the goverment saves that money. Is this any way to reduce poverty ?? There has to be a better way for government to save money. Why can't there be a system similar to the EI system where a person can keep a percentage and then take dollar for dollar ?? Also change the frequency of social assistance cheques to bi - weekly instead of monthly to help with household budgeting. This to me would go a long way in poverty reduction. How do you feel about these ideas Minister Sullivan ????

  • Just Curious
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    Could Minister Sullivan tell us why we still have the higest number of people useing food banks in this province. Or has Danny not written that speech for her yet. Platitudes of self praise accomplishes nothing. How many people have left this province to seek employmeny elsewhere? Are Cabinet Ministers not allowed to make statements that dont praise King Danny? That about all we hear lately. The world is a better place because of Danny Williams. Give me a break. Sure the man has done some good things no argument about that. Next thing the environment minister will give Danny credit for the sunshine and blame someon else when the weather is bad. What an absolute joke.

  • Jerome
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    I knew this all along. I now only eat Kraft Dinner 4x a week.

  • JD
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    This is great news for our province. I think our Premier deserves some credit for the wonderful news presented in this article. I truly hope that NL's efforts towards poverty reduction continue into the future.