New data shows child poverty in Manitoba is on the rise, a situation worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. In collaboration with Campaign 2000 and Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, this new polling research shows Manitobans strongly support increased funding to help people living in poverty.
Poverty costs lives, communities, and government budgets. The results are clear: the majority of Manitobans want the province to do something about it by spending more to end poverty. The provincial budget should invest in a comprehensive provincial poverty reduction strategy that supports our priority areas for addressing poverty.
EIA in Manitoba is inadequate and punitive. It does not provide enough financial support for individuals and families who depend on it to meet even their basic necessities. Every step of the way, the EIA system degrades recipients and puts up barriers to their independence. It’s no surprise that so many Manitobans view EIA negatively. That’s why Make Poverty History Manitoba is calling for the Province to replace it with a livable basic needs benefit that is adequate, portable and dignified.
Support for addressing poverty through jobs and employment should be undertaken through Community Economic Development, including social enterprise development, meaningful pathways to employment, and investing in fair and local economies.
Watch Report Launch event: Pre-Budget Poverty Panel – April 6, 2021
Additional links you may find helpful: Resources – Pre-Budget Poverty Panel