Moving from poverty to possibility requires addressing immediate needs in times of crisis, while also building an individual’s capacity to become economically independent. This requires providing various forms of external support and resources, especially for women, racialized people, newcomers, and those with disabilities. It includes offering financial literacy programs, employment skills training, and access to education and vocational training. Poverty not only limits individuals and families but also has a significant impact on the overall economy. In Ontario, the cost of poverty is estimated to be between $32 and $38 billion per year, which is equivalent to 5.5% to 6.6% of the provincial GDP. You can help to provide the supports necessary to break the cycle of poverty.
Only 60% of GTA workers today have stable, secure jobs and precarious employment has increased by nearly 50% in the last 20 years. When individuals are working in precarious roles, they often don’t have access to important benefits, like paid sick days, health benefits, and pensions to help care for their families.