Federal government to test poverty reduction ideas in 6 places across Canada

The federal government will go to six cities in the coming months to test ideas that could end up in a promised national poverty reduction strategy.

Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos made the announcement Friday in the first city on the list: Saint John, N.B.

The project will see federal officials run case studies in Saint John, Trois-Rivières, Que., Toronto, Winnipeg, Yellowknife and Tisdale, Sask., which was chosen so federal officials would have a rural community to test ideas.

The goal is to get a better idea of what works and what doesn’t as the government crafts a national poverty reduction strategy that is expected to take into account work already being done in cities, provinces and territories.

A first step in that work will be finalizing a national housing strategy. That strategy is scheduled to be released in late November.

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