Halton Poverty Roundtable

Halton Poverty Roundtable (HPRT) is a strategic initiative of the United Way Halton & Hamilton. The HPRT has deep local knowledge of our community and the impact that poverty has on our neighbours, family, friends and colleagues.

We leverage our connections with individuals living the experience of poverty in Halton and amply their voices and experiences when educating the broader community and advocating for system level changes. The HPRT is a knowledge leader on poverty in our community and publishes a diverse range of knowledge products for the community.

Leveraging the United Way Halton & Hamilton’s position at the centre of our community; the HPRT acts as a community convener to deliver impact through innovation, collaborative action, and dedicated effort to support our partners, and our communities.

The HPRT convenes community tables under three focus areas: Halton Poverty Roundtable, Halton Community Benefits Network and Social Prescription Roundtable. The members of these tables are individuals with lived or living experience of poverty as well as strong representation from community, business and government sectors who are experts in their respective fields. We work together to find new solutions to address the issues of poverty in our community.


A region where there is no neighbor in need


Working strategically and collaboratively, while providing leadership, education and advocacy to mobilize community will to eliminate poverty in Halton

No Neighbour In Need

Over the course of 2018, the Halton Poverty Roundtable further defined our organizational principles of Connect, Educate and Call to Action.

Through our role as convenors and leaders on poverty in Halton, we have been able to consult, connect and educate a wide range of audiences, including all levels of government, partner organizations, student groups and local high school classes, local media, people with lived experience in poverty, our local chamber of commerce organizations, businesses and of course our donors, sponsors and funders.

Read the Community Report.

Smart Start Halton

Smart Start Halton is a cross-sector collaborative that enables every eligible child in Halton to receive their Canada Learning Bond and is focused on parents’ fundamental decision making skills to take the first step towards education savings for their children’s future.

In collaboration with our partner, the Halton Poverty Roundtable has created and supported the local initiative, with a common goal of helping eligible local families register their children for the Canada Learning Bond (CLB)

This is a Government of Canada program that provides a total of $2,000 for post-secondary education to children born on or after January 1, 2004 for families who have income less than $45,000. The CLB is retroactive and there is no family contribution required.

To date, this initiative has successfully increased the take-up rate for the CLB from 27% to 42% and $32,614,000 fund have come into Halton communities for post-secondary education savings for children living in lower income families.

For more information about the Canada Learning Bond program or to start your own application, please visit : www.smartsaver.org

Halton Community Benefits Network (HCBN)

The HCBN acts as the community knowledge leader and point of contact for the implementation of Community Benefit Agreements in Halton region. This group convenes a network of engaged citizens, interested businesses, connected non-profits, as well as individuals with lived experience and collectively engages with local, regional, provincial and federal partners on the implementation of Community Benefit Agreements on large infrastructure projects in our community.

To learn more or want to get involved with community benefits go here: http://haltoncommunitybenefits.com/

Social Prescription Roundtable (SPRT)

The SPRT brings together local knowledge leaders in the areas of health and well-being to research, discuss and advocate for the inclusion of social prescriptions in our community. Social Prescribing is a way of linking people who frequently access primary care settings with non-medical sources of support within their community. This group aims to educate the community that this approach provides a more holistic response to people’s needs, to improve people’s well-being and health, and will positively impact the wider determinants of health for individuals.

Income Security Education and Advocacy

Once of our goals is to build the capacity of our community to have meaningful and open dialogues around the human dignity we unleash when income security solutions such as a living wage or a basic income become a reality. We do this through action-oriented education, and by creating inclusive spaces for conversation and collective visioning.

Community Benefits Agreements

Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs): are negotiated agreements between a private or public development agent and a coalition of community-based groups. This coalition may include neighbourhood representatives, single-issue advocates, labour unions, social service agencies, religious congregations, faith-based groups and others. They give a voice to people in infrastructure planning and land development processes. The agreement outlines the benefits the community will gain from the project, which typically include jobs, training or apprenticeships, business opportunities, and neighbourhood improvements. Where the development includes residential construction, affordable housing can be a benefit negotiated through this process. Agreements aim to reflect the interests of people who are not already benefiting from economic growth, such as young workers, newcomers, foreign-trained professionals and low-income communities, and provide opportunities for these people.

Contact Halton Poverty Roundtable

Vivien Underdown – vunderdown@uwhh.ca

Scott GallagherHalton Poverty Roundtable