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Title: Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction Community Government Collaboration on Policy

Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction
Community Government Collaboration on Policy
Poverty in Hamilton
  • 2001 Hamilton Poverty Matrix 20 of Hamiltons
    residents are living in poverty. Rates are even
    higher for children under 14 (24), seniors age
    65 and older (24), the Aboriginal community
    (37), and recent immigrants (50).
  • This is unacceptable. We stand together as a
    community to find solutions. (Source Hamilton
    Poverty Matrix, 2005)
  • 2006 Statistics Canada Data 18.1 of
    Hamiltons residents are living in poverty.
    Children 12 and under 23.4. This is still

The Roundtable
  • Formed in May 2005
  • Co-convened by the City of Hamilton and Hamilton
    Community Foundation
  • Cross-sectoral table with members from business,
    government, voluntary sectors and people living
    in poverty
  • Financial Support City of Hamilton, Hamilton
    Community Foundation, The. J.W. McConnell Family
    Foundation, The Charles Johnson Charitable Fund,
    Corporate Partners including Pictorvision,
    Dofasco, Turkstra Lumber, Marks Work Wearhouse

Roundtable Cultural Shifts
  • Shift emphasis from alleviation to prevention
  • Think comprehensively and tackle root causes
  • Work collaboratively across sectors
  • Abandon blame and acknowledge we are all part of
    the problem and part of the solution
  • Emphasize innovation, risk taking and long-term

Making Hamilton the Best Place to Raise a Child
Asset Building Wealth Creation
Quality Early Learning and Parenting
Skills through education, Activity and recreation
Targeted Skills Development (PSE)
Tackling Root Causes Affordable Housing, Food
Security, Income Security, Accessible
Transportation, Safe Neighbourhoods
  • Hamilton Roundtable for
  • Poverty Reduction
  • How We will do Our Work
  • ?Move from Alleviation to Prevention ?Tackle
    Root Causes ?Work collaboratively across
  • ?Abandon Blame all can be part of the solution
  • ?Emphasize innovation, risk taking, long term

Linking and Facilitating Role Strategic
Poverty Focus Community Engagement Change and
Action Learning and Accountability
Community-Level Macro Strategy
Knowledge Transfer Outputs Outcomes
Evaluation Learning
Changes in Structures Processes Policies
Critical Points of Investment Strategy
Community-Lead Initiatives
  • Four Roles which Drive the Work of the Roundtable
  • Strategic Poverty Focus
  • Develop a shared poverty aspiration and outcomes
  • Keep the focus on strategic community change
  • Broad Community Engagement
  • Engage the community in creating solutions
  • Ensure civic space for discussion across sectors
  • Supporting Change and Action
  • Identify barriers that block progress and provide
  • Help link organizations to strategies
  • Leverage resources and attract investment
  • Provide administrative support to continue moving
  • Learning and Communication
  • Facilitate the exchange of knowledge
  • Communicate to the community about poverty and
    change strategies
  • Measure progress and report to the community

Starting Point Strategy March 2007
  • Aspiration
  • Making Hamilton the Best Place to Raise a
  • Three Strategies at the core of the work plan
  • The Big Picture The HRPR Macro Strategy focusing
    on Policy and Systems Level Changes
  • Leveling the Playing Field for all Children
    Five Critical Points of Investment
  • Collective Leadership Local Strategies and
    Community Solutions - led by community partners

  • Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction
  • Leadership and Governance

  • Roundtable Governance
  • Roundtable 42 members, cross sectoral
    leadership including 10 low income, citizen
  • Over 400 individuals and groups engaged in
    poverty reduction efforts across he community
  • Committees and Working Groups
  • Steering Committee
  • Youth Voice Against Poverty
  • Governance Working Group
  • Policy Working Group
  • Evaluation and Learning Working Group
  • Government Engagement Working Group
  • Neighbourhood Development Strategy Working Group
  • Starting Point Partners

  • Engaging the Community

  • Community Engagement Key Success Factors
  • A broad range of people are participating and
  • People are thoughtfully trying to solve poverty
    in Hamilton
  • The engagement process creates vision, achieves
    results, creates movement and change
  • Different sectors are involved in the process
  • There is a focus on collaboration and social
  • The community determines its priorities
  • There is a balance between engagement processes
    and action

  • Community Engagement
  • Results to December 2007
  • Hamilton Spectator 3 year editorial commitment
  • 400 articles, editorials and letters to the
  • 5 Hamilton Stories published by the Caledon
    Institute of Social Policy
  • 11 community consultations
  • 2 community wide events and 84 retention rate
  • 5 collaborative tables
  • 91 locally led community solutions
  • 33,787 individuals connected at presentations,
    meetings events
  • 300 citizens engaged in neighbourhood planning

  • Policy and Systems Change

  • Policy and Systems Change Approach
  • Identify core policy areas
  • Host a Policy Working Group and Government
    Engagement Working Group
  • Develop linkages with Caledon, Vibrant
    Communities and other partners
  • Identify opportunities for policy influence at
    the municipal, provincial and federal levels
  • Identify short and long term strategies
  • Develop an evaluation approach to policy work

Policy Leadership
  • Policy Working Group
  • Table of community leaders and roundtable members
    with a specific policy focus on poverty reduction
  • Meet monthly since June 2007
  • Lead on Briefing Notes
  • Hosted pre-election meetings with candidates
    federal, municipal, provincial
  • Individual meetings with 5 area MPs and MPPs and
    all city council members and senior city staff
  • In development overarching policy paper for
  • Government Engagement Working Group
  • Senior staff from all three levels of government
    co-chaired by City of Hamilton and MCSS
  • Meeting since November 2007
  • Currently in learning and engagement phase
    sharing information around table about
    investments aligned with HRPR Critical Points of
  • Creation of synergies across levels of government
    and opportunities to exchange around priorities
  • High level of engagement continually adding in

  • Early Policy Results - Policy and Briefing Notes
  • Who Lives in Poverty September 2005
  • Hamilton Poverty Matrix September 2005
  • Shared Governance Government Learning Circle
    Article March 2006 (Caledon Institute of Social
  • HRPR Strategic Overview June 2007
  • Federal Government 2008 Budget Submission
  • Ontario Poverty Strategy September 2007
  • Government of Ontario 2008 Pre-Budget Brief
    January 2008
  • Federal Government Meeting with Minister Monte
    Solberg Briefing Note February 2008
  • Briefing Note Statistics Canada Income Release
    May 2008
  • Ontario Poverty Strategy Questions and Answers
    May 2008

Policy Change
  • Policy Convening and Responses Hamilton Child
    Care Wait List Strategy, Immigration Strategy,
    Ontario Child Benefit, Every Child Plays,
    Hamilton Partners for Healthy Weights, School
    Boards Poverty and Equal Opportunities teams,
    Affordable Transit Pass Pilot, Ontario Social
    Assistance Rates Board, Downtown Safety and
    Security Report, Hamilton Economic Summit,
    Hamilton Pan Am Games Bid, MetroLinx
    Transportation Consultation, Living Wage Research
  • Policy Change Results
  • Return of Municipal Portion of the NCB Claw Back
    - 2 million to 6, 413 families
  • Affordable Transit Pass Program for Low Income
    Workers - 500,000 to 1200 employees
  • City of Hamilton adopts HRPR Aspiration as part
    of City Vision
  • City of Hamilton Living Wage Procurement Policy
    currently under development
  • Alignment with Immigration Strategy Table, Human
    Services Planning Table and Jobs Prosperity
  • Increased alignment of City funding around
    poverty priorities

Tracking Policy Changes
  • Collection of Weekly Results Data
  • What is Changing and HRPR Involvement
  • Ontario Poverty Strategy Consultation Half of
    the participants in Hamilton were individuals
    living with low or limited incomes
  • Ontario Budget Release sharing of information
    regarding Hamilton impact from sources across
    City municipal, agency, chamber
  • Ontario Social Assistance Rates Board Legislation
    economic impact study collaborative convened by
    HRPR with legal clinics, city staff, SPRC and
    economist from McMaster University
  • Hamilton Economic Summit representation and
    leadership from a number of Roundtable and
    community leaders prosperity/poverty key part
    of discussions during the day
  • HRPR regularly invited to consultative tables in
    the community around transportation, recreation,
    and arts and culture
  • Policy Influence share information and
    resources with city staff regarding living wage,
    Ontario Poverty Strategy, housing and
    homelessness, early years, education

Ontario Poverty Reduction Plan
  • Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction
  • To develop a focused strategy for reducing
    poverty, including associated indicators and
  • Vision focus on children through expanding
    opportunities, real solutions to put people
    first, we all have a role to play and poverty
    reduction is the right thing to do for families
    and economy
  • Changes already - Ontario Child Benefit, child
    care, early learning education, health, skills
    training, minimum wage increases, affordable
    housing, social assistance, newcomers
  • Currently launched website, series of
    invitation consultations focusing on 6 questions,
    public consultations hosted by local area MPPs

The Ontario Context
  • Landscape is Crowded Number of inter-connected
    poverty advocacy organizations at the provincial
    level with focus on Ontario Poverty Reduction
    Plan Campaign 2000, SPNO, Colour of Poverty,
    ISAC, ISARC, Vibrant Communities, United Way,
  • Local Organizing ISAC, SPNO and Colour of
    Poverty received funding for local community
  • Existing Community Efforts VC organized in
    Hamilton, KW and Niagara with emerging efforts in
    many other communities
  • Voice of low-income individuals not always
  • Next 6 Months Intense efforts as groups
    position selves and try to influence Ontario
    Poverty Reduction Plan

  • Moving Forward HRPR Next Steps

  • HRPR Next Steps 2008 2009
  • Continued Progress on Poverty Change Strategies
  • Focus on Policy and Systems changes at the
    municipal, provincial and federal levels
    including the Ontario Cabinet Committee on
    Poverty Reduction, the Affordable Transit Pass,
    the Ontario Child Benefit, etc.
  • Integration of the Neighbourhood Strategy into
    the work plan including the recruitment of a
    City-wide committee focusing on neighbourhoods
    and the development of neighbourhood launch pads
  • Continued focus on community engagement with the
    Roundtable including the support of starting
    point partners working groups, and community
  • Completion of the HRPR Evaluation Framework and
    development of community indicators to report
    poverty reduction progress
  • Continued linkages with Ontario and National
    partners including Vibrant Communities and
    Caledon Institute of Social Policy

Website Resources Hamilton Roundtable for
Poverty Reduction www.hamiltonpoverty.ca
Vibrant Communities www.tamarackcommunity.ca
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy
www.caledoninst.org Government of Ontario
Poverty Reduction Plan www.ontario.ca/gro
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