As part of Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, has launched a call for applications for a National Advisory Council on Poverty has been launched.
This ministerial Advisory Council will be appointed through an open, transparent and merit-based selection process with a mandate to:
- provide advice in relation to programs, funding and activities that contribute to poverty reduction;
- produce an annual report that will provide detailed information on the progress being made towards meeting the poverty reduction targets and other indicators being tracked under the Strategy, as well as advise on poverty reduction;
- undertake public engagement with various groups, including the academic community and other experts, Indigenous peoples and persons with lived experience of poverty; and
- undertake other related duties.
Minister Duclos is looking for candidates that have knowledge and experience of poverty-related issues, as well as and people who have lived experienced or are currently living in poverty. Indigenous peoples, women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and other vulnerable groups are encouraged to apply to become a member of the Council.
The Advisory Council will be representative of Canada’s linguistic, gender and regional diversity.
The call for applications includes four different streams (applicants can apply to more than one stream):
- Stream 1: Chairperson
- Stream 2: Member with particular responsibility for children’s issues
- Stream 3: General members
- Stream 4: Members with lived experience of poverty
Interested individuals must apply online by January 29, 2019.