Winnipeg council approves poverty reduction plan

Winnipeg City Council unanimously approved a plan focused on reducing poverty in the city.

The plan, approved during Thursday’s city council meeting, outlines 80 strategies to be implemented between now and 2023.

Mayor Brian Bowman said the plan builds on the city’s existing financial resources, with no additional funds being added at this time.

“It’s about using existing resources in smarter and more strategic ways,” Bowman said. “Given that health care, social services and housing are areas of provincial jurisdiction, but we have a role to play and what we want to do is better align our efforts with other levels of government and interested third parties.”

Elements of the plan include approaches to affordable housing, hiring people facing barriers, providing living wages, and offering free transportation.

Bowman’s inner circle will present its preliminary budget for 2022 on Friday.

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