During the first six months of 2009, three Canadian provinces announced anti-poverty policies: the Government of Ontario passed poverty reduction legislation, while Manitoba and Nova Scotia each launched comprehensive strategies. New Brunswick is (as of September 2009) in the midst of formulating its own strategy. These provinces join Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador in their efforts to combat poverty through broad-based policies.
In light of these recent developments, and in continuity with other work developed on anti-poverty strategies across Canada, the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) has conducted a scan of comprehensive laws and strategies. This scan seeks to provide a descriptive overview of existing comprehensive anti-poverty policies, and to guide the reader towards these policy documents and analyses of them. It also aims to provoke discussion concerning current and future policy responses to poverty.