The City of Toronto will hold two public meetings in July to give Torontonians the opportunity to talk about poverty and how it can be reduced. Councillor Joe Mihevc, chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, announced that Community Conversations on Poverty Reduction will be held on July 9 and 10, 2008.

The public sessions come at a time when the Government of Ontario is conducting consultations on the development of a provincial poverty reduction strategy. The government intends to introduce its strategy by end of the year.

“Because poverty affects us all, the City of Toronto feels it is essential to involve residents in a public discussion,” Councillor Mihevc said. “These Community Conversations will give people an opportunity to talk about their experience of poverty and to give us their views on what we should be doing as governments and communities to reduce it.”

The public meetings will be part of the City’s consultation process which will invite residents to express their views on poverty reduction. A website will be launched soon to allow people to share their views online.

Plan to attend one of the following sessions:

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 (7 to 9 p.m.)

Toronto City Hall, Council Chambers
100 Queen Street West MAP


Thursday, July 10, 2008 (7 to 9 p.m.)

Scarborough Civic Centre, Council Chambers
150 Borough Drive MAP

Come out and share your views with us. All are welcome, especially people with direct experience of poverty.

If you need extra help to attend, please contact:

Jennifer Posthumus at 416-397-0722 or
Yasmin Faulds at 416-392-3570
TTY 416-392-2823