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The Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty was convened on September 16, 2015 and given a six-month mandate to develop recommendations on what more the community could do to address poverty in London, Ontario. The recommendations in the report are built on the foundations of the Panel’s approach, which was rooted in:
  • the Social Determinants of Health;
  • the best available research; good work already happening in London;
  • and deep engagement with over 1,000 Londoners

After more than six months of research, study and community consultation, the Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty presented the final report, “London for All: A Roadmap to End Poverty” was presented to Mayor Brown.

Some say this challenge has always existed and some may even ask, “Why now? What makes anything different this time?”

There is an undeniable urgency to addressing poverty in London now before it becomes even more entrenched. Despite the best efforts of many in our community, the barriers stubbornly persist. At 17%, London’s poverty rates eclipse provincial levels and, while it’s true that our economy has exhibited promising signs of recovery, that recovery has still not reached our most vulnerable citizens.

But today, more than ever before, we have a better understanding of the causes and impacts of poverty. The Provincial and Federal governments have begun to focus more and more on the issues surrounding poverty and, what’s more, they recognize the important role that municipalities play in the everyday lives of their constituents.

The recommendations contained in the report are not any one individual’s recommendations nor do they come from any particular group of individuals. They are grounded in the best available research, the Social Determinants of Health, the good work already happening in London and across the country, and are the result of extensive public consultation.

The Panel embarked on a process seeking to gain broad public input in order to build momentum towards solutions. Panel members attended nearly 100 different meetings and they heard from over 1,000 Londoners. Panel members learned that thousands of London children go to school every day without having had a decent breakfast because their families have to choose between paying rent and buying healthy food.

The Panel also learned of continued inequities that limit some Londoners’ ability to reach their full potential. They learned that the double-edged sword of the skills gap means there are chronically unemployed workers in London even as jobs remain un filled because employers can’t find workers with the necessary skill sets.

The report contains 112 recommendations in total. Deciding which priorities to focus on is a difficult task. What is perhaps more difficult is deciding which ones to leave out. London City Council knows this challenge well.

The report is a well-written document that is not a pie-in-the-sky study that will now just gather dust on the shelf. It is more than a report, it is an action plan which we believe Mayor Brown is committed to.

Those that question why something needs to be done maybe don’t understand the severity of the problem. This report will be an eye-opener for those that believe that poverty does not exist in London, or that it’s just not that big of a deal in London. It’s severe and it’s a VERY big deal. Just go to pages 42 through 47 to see the hard numbers of poverty in London.

Please take time to download the report. Click HERE or order a hard copy from the Mayor’s Office. (

Here is the Table of Contents of the report.
    • Changing Mindsets
    • Income & Employment
    • Health
    • Homelessness Prevention & Housing
    • Transportation
    • Early Learning & Education
    • Food Security
    • System Change
    • Appendix A:
  • Glossary
    • Appendix B:
  • Approach to Developing Recommendations
    • Appendix C:
  • Comprehensive Recommendations
    • Appendix D:
  • Statistics on Poverty in London
    • Appendix E:
  • Resources Consulted

Thanks to all of those that participated in the consultation process and thanks to the following members of Advisory Panel on Poverty

Maureen Cassidy, Deputy Mayor,
Dr. Christopher Mackie,

Panel Members:
Vanessa Ambtman-Smith
Dr. Helene Berman
Dharshi Lacey
Andrew Lockie
Dr. Abe Oudshoorn
Glen Pearson