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In September 2015, the federal government, along with all United Nation member states, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which lays out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that envision societies and communities where people and the planet can thrive.

Goal #1 is No Poverty.

But what does that future look like for local communities facing poverty and inequity everyday? How do we get there? Across the country, poverty remains a serious issue. Progress towards its eradication is stalling. Nearly 1 in 5 children in Canada lived in poverty in 2019, which is about 1,313,400 children. Among those impacted by poverty, communities marginalized by systemic barriers face disproportionately higher rates of poverty.

Poverty is a multifaceted and inter-related issue that weaves through several of the SDGs. Historically marginalized groups including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities, newcomers, im/migrants, racialized groups, people with disabilities, 2SLGBTQI+ people, women, and seniors face specific barriers and challenges to achieving wellbeing and prosperity as envisioned by Agenda 2030.

Who We Are

Campaign 2000 is a pan-Canadian movement with over 120 partners working to end child and family poverty in every province and territory. Founded following the 1989 federal all-party resolution to end child poverty by the year 2000, Campaign 2000 tracks and monitors federal progress (or lack of) towards achieving that goal, and puts forward achievable policy solutions to end poverty through annual report cards.

Localizing Canada’s Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals builds on over thirty years of Campaign 2000’s work towards ending poverty. The project engages local communities impacted by poverty and intersecting forms of systemic marginalization in developing new indicators for what thriving, poverty-free communities look like and an action plan to realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda.

Partners

Campaign 2000 is generously hosted by Family Service Toronto, an anchor agency of United Way Greater Toronto.

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This project is co-led by three national social justice networks: Campaign 2000, Canada Without Poverty and Citizens for Public Justice. The project advisory committee is made up of members and supporters of these networks, representing different regions, issue areas, and communities who provide feedback and insights to the project team and help steward the direction of the research.

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Land Acknowledgement

Campaign 2000 acknowledges that the lands we gather on have been inhabited by Indigenous peoples for thousands of years. It is the traditional territories of the Huron-Wendat, Anishinabek, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and most recently, the Mississauga’s of the Credit First Nations. These nations and this land were subject to the One Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the land and its resources. Today, Tkaronto, now known as Toronto, is under Treaty #13 and is home to many diverse Indigenous Nations from across Turtle Island, including the Inuit and Métis.