OTTAWA — Canadians want the federal government to find a way to make it easier to cover the basic costs of living as part of a sweeping poverty-reduction strategy, says the minister in charge of the file.
Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says a key message from the thousands of Canadians who took part in consultations on the plan pressed the need to make it more affordable to pay the rent and afford healthy food.
Duclos is making the comments in a Facebook live chat outlining the results of the months-long consultation.
The Liberals have promised a poverty reduction strategy before the end of their mandate.
The report being released today provides a high-level overview of what the government heard during consultations last year on tackling poverty and gives the broad strokes of what the Liberals are likely to include in the plan when it is finally released.
The report lands exactly one week before the government releases its budget.