NDP Announces Aggressive Poverty Reduction Strategy

SAINT JOHN – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy announced his party’s poverty reduction strategy this morning. Cardy laid out the strategy with his Saint John area NDP candidates by his side.

“Our province should be judged on how it treats the most vulnerable,” Cardy said. “We understand this and that’s why a new NDP government would embark on the most aggressive poverty reduction campaign in New Brunswick’s history.”

The poverty reduction plan will include:

  • Integration of Housing First principles into a provincial affordable housing strategy.There is no estimate or maximum cost because of the nature of this commitment.
  • We will expand the role of the Ombudsman to include seniors, the unemployed, and clients of Social Development and WorkSafe NB.There will be no financial consequences for the province.
  • We will launch a Social Impact Bond pilot program, allowing community groups to bid to make the greatest impact upon fighting poverty and to fuel sustainability of the organizations that work to improve people’s lives.There will be no financial consequences for the province.
  • Engaging stakeholders to develop a provincial transportation program for people with disabilities as part of a broader provincial transit plan. There will be no financial consequences for the province.

“Doing these things will unleash untapped potential in New Brunswick’s economy, because it will offer a better life for New Brunswick families and, in particular, their children. We will do this because it’s the right thing to do. We will do this because New Brunswick deserves better.”