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Current Initiatives


Please see below for information on our current initiatives, or click here for past initiatives.


Solutions to Poverty Waterloo Region


At our 11th Annual Poverty Symposium, we learned about upside-down thinking. Attendees were asked to provide their contact information if they wanted to be part of future poverty-reduction initiatives. Many attendees from the symposium expressed an interest in keeping the discussion going, and this group worked together throughout the year.

This year at the 12th Annual Poverty Symposium on June 15, 2017 we introduced the group, now known as Solutions to Poverty Waterloo Region. This group is made up of over 20 individuals from across the region, including representatives from local agencies; politicians; and community members with lived experience of poverty. At the symposium, Cambridge-North Dumfries MPP Kathryn McGarry and a representative from the Ontario Trillium Foundation announced a collective impact grant awarded to Solutions to Poverty Waterloo Region. This grant will help the group to start their first poverty-reduction initiative which will focus older adults.

If you see a role for yourself or your organization in this initiative, please contact the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries at



Rural Realities


In the rural townships, challenges experiences by individuals, children, and families experiencing poverty are not unique to rural areas but are accentuated by the geography and scarcity of resources. It is the Rural Realities Network’s (Network) belief that the approach taken to address poverty will need to address these challenges specifically.


The purpose of the Rural Realities Network is to provide a vehicle through which to leverage the work of the various agencies, organization and outreach workers working in each townships by identifying themes and issues that are creating barriers to peoples’ ability to move forward.


The Network works collaboratively across the four rural townships to:


  • Develop a collective understanding of issues, reflect on possible solutions and take action to reduce poverty;
  • Be an authentic voice for rural issues and to be recognized as the “go to” body for rural issues
  • To be known so others can seek out the group for input; to act as a body to be consulted
  • An advisory group to support rural Family Outreach Workers and other rural issues
  • To be a place to support rural agencies
  • Reduce duplication and increase efficiencies
  • Increase knowledge of services available across the 4 townships
  • Help reduce poverty in the rural townships

Below you will find the infographics produced by Rural Realities Network which highlight poverty in each township: