May 24, 2016 3:24 pm
Updated: May 26, 2016 10:00 am

Edmonton council gives go-ahead for plan to end poverty

A task force led by Mayor Don Iveson has released a strategy to end poverty in Edmonton, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015.

Tom Vernon, Global News

The City of Edmonton is moving forward with a plan to end poverty in a generation.

On Tuesday, city council announced it had approved End Poverty in a Generation: A Road Map to Guide Our Journey. The road map was developed by the EndPovertyEdmonton Task Force after city council’s endorsement of its strategy.

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“Since we launched the strategy in the fall 2015, we have heard from Edmontonians from all walks of life and they have embraced this bold vision for eliminating poverty in our community,” Bishop Jane, task force co-chair, said.

“This road map, as we are calling it, is a community plan that builds on the strategy and provides direction on how we are going to achieve our ambitious goal.”

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The five-year road map has five strategic goals, which the city said are the starting points that will end poverty in Edmonton in a generation.

EndPovertyEdmonton will now work on a transition from a task force. The city said EndPovertyEdmonton will work to get a diverse group of agencies and organizations in order to take a more collective approach to end poverty.

“It will take our entire community, working together, to achieve our bold vision for the future,” Mayor Don Iveson said. “I know we can end poverty in Edmonton. The community is with us and is ready to take on this generational change.”

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The strategy also aims to get 10,000 people out of poverty over a five-year period from 2017 to 2021.

Work on implementing the road map will start in 2017.

EndPovertyEdmonton is expected to ask city council for $15.75 million over five years to help turn the plan in to reality.

© 2016 Global News

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