The Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council (WPRC) brings together leaders from a variety of sectors to work collaboratively at addressing the underlying causes of poverty. This multi-sector forum of 30 to 40 members is comprised of leaders from community, business, labour, the non-profit sector, education, health, and three levels of government. This approach is based on the belief that greater impact is possible when we work across conventional boundaries, connecting and aligning our efforts and resources to transform the conditions that lead to poverty.
The WPRC addresses the underlying causes of poverty by building and capitalizing on community strength. We listen to individuals and communities experiencing poverty and we respond – sometimes by taking the lead to generate activity and at other times by working to increase awareness and understanding, inspiring and stimulating action, encouraging reallocation or alignment of existing resources, and by supporting others who lead change and work in neighbourhoods throughout Winnipeg. At all times the WPRC emphasizes collective effort, collaboration, integration, and alignment among sectors, organizations, community groups, and individuals.
A Collaborative Approach
The Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council does not intend to replicate existing poverty reduction strategies in our community. Rather, it seeks to bring together community leaders from a variety of sectors to help support, enhance, and integrate current poverty reduction initiatives in our city and to develop new and innovative approaches. The WPRC understands the complexity of poverty reduction and has a long-term, sustained commitment to its goals and objectives.