Manitoba News Release: Province Launches Online Survey as Part of Consultations on New Poverty Reduction Strategy

February 27, 2018

The Manitoba government has launched an online survey as part of ongoing consultations to support the development of a new poverty reduction strategy, Families Minister Scott Fielding and Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart announced today.

“It is important to hear from people who have experienced poverty, service providers, experts, advocates and all interested Manitobans,” said Fielding. “This survey will help capture a diversity of experiences and identify pathways forward.”

The survey is now available and all Manitobans are invited to respond. The survey has been created with information collected from recent in-person consultations and will remain open until March 23.

Consultations began in November 2017 with a call for written submissions, community workshops and lived-experience conversations. More than 230 people have shared their experiences and ideas at in-person sessions in Winnipeg, Selkirk, Brandon, Thompson, Flin Flon, The Pas and Dauphin.

The development of a renewed strategy supports The Poverty Reduction Strategy Act, which requires the Manitoba government to review and update its plan every five years. Feedback from consultations, as well as advice from the Poverty Reduction Committee, which currently comprises five ministers and three community members, will help inform Manitoba’s forthcoming Poverty Reduction Strategy. The ministers expect the strategy to be released later in 2018.

“Reducing and preventing poverty remains a priority for this government as we work toward being the most improved province,” said Wishart. “While there is still work to be done, we are committed to providing a broad range of supports and services to Manitoba’s most vulnerable, and to hear from those who have innovative ideas to address the complex issues around poverty.”

For more information about how to participate in the survey or provide a written submission, visit or call 204-945-3469.

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