2017 Update to the Community (September)
Since last January, the focus has been on engaging employers for TRC92: Youth Employment. Dave Angus (WPRC co-chair and former CEO of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce) helped to pave the way with his current workplace – Johnston Group – coming to the table, and inviting others to join. Then, with the help of Chartered Professional Human Resources (CPHR), the Business Council of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce nine private sector employers were invited to an initial meeting in June of 2017. Since then, two more have come to the table.
2017 Update to the Community (January)
The role of the WPRC in TRC92: Youth Employment is to seek out and convene people, groups and resources, facilitate planning and evaluation, and ensure on-going discussions and consultations with all stakeholders.
To date WPRC has talked to well over 100 individuals including 30 private sector employers and human resource personnel, 44 community and youth agencies representatives, 20 government employees, 20 Indigenous leaders, 31 youth, as well as several individuals from post-secondary education, labour and research/academia regarding employment opportunities and supports for Indigenous youth.
Eight community-based organizations who train Indigenous youth, and up to ten private sector businesses through the Business Council of Manitoba, have agreed to participate in the first stage of TRC92: Youth Employment.
2016 Update to the Community (May)
With the launch of End Homelessness Winnipeg, the WPRC began to think about a new focus for the future. The ‘Framework for Action’, first created in 2008, was updated for 2015-2020 to include ten “aspirations for Winnipeg”.
The ten aspirations for Winnipeg are strongly interconnected in that achieving significant progress on any one will positively impact the others. Because income is most often at the root of poverty, WPRC members reasoned that a focus on independence through income could be the Council’s next priority.
In the fall of 2015 WPRC staff carried out community consultations to test and further explore this assumption and to ask for ideas on how WPRC could best address the issue of ‘income’. Eight groups with a total of 73 people participated in the consultations. Sectors represented were Neighbourhood Renewal Corporations, Resource Centres, mental health, financial empowerment, Government of Manitoba, WRHA, Indigenous and newcomer leaders, advocacy and public policy research, and the business community.
2012 Report to the Community
Throughout our short history, the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council (WPRC) has believed that it is only by working together and across sectors that we can reduce poverty.
The WPRC remains committed to the idea that effective responses to poverty must be comprehensive, coordinated and inclusive. Accordingly, our mandate is to enhance inclusion and innovation by supporting leaders who want to collaborate across sectors to realize results they could not achieve by working on their own.
2011 Report to the Community
Poverty is a serious issue because it affects the quality of life and prospects of children, families, and neighbourhoods. In addition, poverty is also a root cause of other issues including youth dropping out of school, joblessness, crime and violence, poor physical and mental health, and neighbourhood decline.
In 2007 when the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council was formed, organizations in all sectors of our community were dealing with the effects of poverty or trying to address poverty in some way. Despite their efforts, it was clear that no single organization or sector could successfully address poverty on its own. United Way of Winnipeg recognized that a community-wide, integrated, and cross-sectoral approach was required to reduce poverty and asked a group of community leaders from the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors to establish the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council (WPRC).
Since then, the WPRC has been working to advance its mission to help reduce poverty significantly in Winnipeg in the hope of creating A City Where Everyone Belongs. In this, our first report to the community, the WPRC is pleased to explain our role and highlight some of our early achievements.