In its 2015 study titled “What are the Hardest Places to live in Canada”, which examined several socio-economic indicators, such as median household income, level of education, food insecurity, and unemployment rate, the Mowat Centre ranked Peel Region as the 12th best place to live out of 117 regions in Canada.(1) This ranking paints a picture of a region whose communities are thriving.
However, other recent research studies and investigative reports reveal that 15% of the population in Peel is living in poverty and that marginalized and vulnerable communities are disproportionately impacted;(2) that is 20% of children,(3) 18% of people with disabilities,(4) 18% of the Black community(5) and 33% of newcomers and immigrants are living in poverty.(6) Peel also has the second highest youth unemployment rate in the GTA at 18.9%.(7) Poverty manifests in different ways for various Peel communities and is a result of intersecting and changing social, systemic, and global issues. While efforts that aim to mitigate and eventually eradicate poverty in the region have been increasing, the percentage of people across communities who are falling into the poverty trap has also been increasing. The question is then whether the proposed solutions have been effective in addressing poverty for all segments of the Peel population?
In this Tough Questions Café explore with us the following questions:
• How is poverty manifested for various communities in Peel region? Whose poverty is visible/invisible?
• With increasing poverty reduction initiatives over the years, why has the percentage of people in poverty continued to rise?
• Do current poverty reduction efforts effectively address the needs of diverse communities in Peel? What other strategies/approaches
can we employ?
• What impact do inadequate solutions to poverty have on individuals, communities, and the Region as a whole?
• Are poverty services coordinated?
• Who are the key players?
Panellists will present various perspectives on the issue while the audience will be given an opportunity to openly engage in dialogue with each other and the panellists. Join the conversation and challenge your understandings! Registration is required. When registering please specify accessibility needs and/or dietary restrictions. Free event, open to the public.
Food donations for Seva Food Bank are welcomed.