The Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy was at Kenora Chiefs Advisory to highlight its new Life Skills program. The project is receiving support from the province to help Ontario Works and ODSP clients, youth in care, parents of youth in care and persons with disabilities to transition to employment, education or training. The program provides support and coaching to help people gain soft skills and job-related skills. The data collected through this project will contribute to a body of knowledge that will support poverty reduction programs across the province.
Thirty projects across Ontario are being funded through Ontario's Local Poverty Reduction Fund. The fund supports innovative, community-led programs that help groups disproportionately affected by poverty get into housing, develop skills and find employment, including women, single parents, people with disabilities, youth, newcomers, visible minorities, seniors and Indigenous Peoples.