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Solutions to Poverty Waterloo Region


Over the last year, Solutions to Poverty has completed phase one of its collective impact initiative. Diverse stakeholders have come together in this initiative from across the Region, engaged in research and data analysis, and come to an understanding of the landscape for older adults. As a result of this work, Solutions to Poverty has identified the top issues reported by older adults; explored service gaps for older adults; and developed a preliminary theory of change.


Based on the evidence gathered, this initiative has developed a theory of change that identifies three focus areas/big ideas as the most effective ways of alleviating and preventing poverty among older adults in Waterloo Region. Potential actions are also being explored for addressing each big idea. Please click here for more information, or see below for each of Solutions to Poverty's big ideas and the action(s) being explored to address them.

Over the past year, Solutions to Poverty has moved to advance these big ideas by implementing the proposed actions. The focus has been on finalizing and operationalizing the initiative's theory of change. 

Big Idea #1: Older adults in Waterloo Region have access to the resources they need.


Solutions to Poverty has introduced an initiative to better inform older adults on local services and discounts, such as the creation of a Facebook page or an online database on services for older adults.

Big Idea #2: Older adults in Waterloo Region have greater financial security.

We have made connections with local tax clinics and advertised their services; through this we were able to have more older adults filing taxes and benefiting from tax-dependent programs (i.e. government programs), such as encouraging/supporting older adults in using local tax clinics.

Big Idea #3: Older adults in Waterloo Region are less socially isolated and can have a greater sense of belonging.

We have introduced a new way to reduce transportation barriers among older adults. This involved a Ride-A-Bus program that educated older adults about the GRT and the new LRT. This helps to reduce barriers by helping to increase public transit ridership among local older adults.


Click here or email for more information about Solutions to Poverty Waterloo Region.



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