Government of Canada concludes Tackling Poverty Together Project case study visit in Tisdale, Saskatchewan

April 27, 2017     Tisdale, Saskatchewan     Employment and Social Development Canada

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, thanked the Government of Saskatchewan, the Town of Tisdale and all participants for taking part in the Tackling Poverty Together (TPT) Project in the community of Tisdale. The Government of Canada is committed to tackling poverty and inequality to achieve real results.

TPT is intended to inform the development of the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy and allow the Government of Canada to hear directly from Canadians living in poverty and learn from organizations that deliver poverty reduction programs at the community level. The project will also explore the unique characteristics of and perspectives on poverty experienced in each of the communities, and identify local solutions and suggestions to reduce poverty.

The community visit in Tisdale, which took place from April 3 to 7, was the fourth case study to be completed to date. During the visit, 142 people with lived experience of poverty were consulted through focus groups and in-person interviews. Two roundtable sessions with 34 participants were also conducted.  These individuals represented a mix of Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholder organizations, including non-governmental organizations involved in poverty reduction initiatives, as well as federal, provincial, and municipal government representatives, which placed a strong emphasis on partnership and engagement. In total, over 470 Tisdale residents also participated in a telephone, online or in-person survey. The feedback collected will provide valuable information which will help in the development of the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.

The last stop for the TPT project will be in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

The Government of Canada will release its findings on the TPT project later this year. All Canadians are encouraged to learn more about what is happening under the Poverty Reduction Strategy by visiting the webpage or joining the online conversation (#ReducePoverty on Twitter and follow @SocDevSoc).


“Poverty places a heavy burden on individuals and communities.  I want to thank the people in Tisdale who shared their experiences with poverty.  What we learned here will help us to develop a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy that reflects the experience of Canadians living in poverty and the organizations that support them. Working together in partnership with all Canadians, we will realize our vision of a diverse prosperous and truly inclusive country where all Canadians can realize their full potential. ”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Quick Facts

  • In 2014, 3 million Canadians—8.8 percent of the population— lived in poverty. This included more than half a million children.
  • Unattached people aged 45 to 64, single parents, recent immigrants, Indigenous people and people with disabilities are more likely to experience poverty.
  • In 2014, about 746,000 Canadians lived in families that worked but were poor.
  • In 2014, Canada’s low-income rate for seniors was 3.9 percent.
  • In 2011, over 655,000 Canadian households spent at least 50 percent of their income before taxes on housing.  About 90 percent of these households were low-income.

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Émilie Gauduchon-Campbell
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

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