Poverty & Inclusive Communities

Poverty is an issue that affects all of us in Halifax. More than 50,000 people in our community live in poverty, and are unable to meet the basic housing and food needs many of us take for granted. In April 2017, the Halifax Regional Municipality partnered with United Way Halifax to work on a poverty solutions strategy.

Through the many consultations we’ve hosted since July, we’ve heard over 1,000 voices. This input has provided us with a stronger understanding of the economic and social inequities that perpetuate the existence of poverty in all HRM communities – rural, suburban and urban.


Building Poverty Solutions: Key Learnings and Highlights

A summary highlighting key issues and learnings from community captured through the poverty solutions engagement process.
Summary Report (PDF)

Building Poverty Solutions: A Community Report

A full and comprehensive report on the current state of poverty in Halifax, what we heard from community and our collective learning through our engagement process.
 Building Poverty Solutions: Community Report (PDF)

Building Poverty Solutions: Focus Areas for Change & Ideas for Action

A full listing of the 129 Ideas for Action developed by, and with HRM communities. The Ideas for Action are grouped in seven focus areas and organized by three objectives: Addressing
Immediate Needs, Pathways to Prosperity, and Systemic Change.
Focus Areas for Change & Ideas for Action Report (PDF)

What can you do?

Ending poverty doesn’t just benefit those living in it – it benefits our municipality as a whole. You can help add your voice to the importance of ending poverty in Halifax. Our Understanding Poverty toolkit has resources to help start the conversation in your neighborhood or workplace and to build more awareness and understanding for how we build sustainable solutions that benefit our whole community.

Poverty Solutions Discussion Guide (PDF)