FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government has released a report on reducing poverty, which stems from the New Brunswick Family Plan’s stakeholder engagement process.

“We believe the best way to end the cycle of poverty is by providing people with strong educational and training opportunities,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “That is why we are the government has invested the most in education in the history of our province. By lifting people out of poverty we are strengthening our workforce and our economy.’’

The report recognizes that poverty remains the single most important social issue that has a deep-rooted effect on the emotional, social and economic health of individuals and the province as a whole. The report outlines goals and actions that aim to help make significant gains in reducing poverty and contribute to making New Brunswick the best place in which to live, work and raise a family.

Efforts to reduce poverty will be undertaken in the following areas:

  • Removing barriers to employment.
  • Improving labour market outcomes for New Brunswickers.
  • Improving the health and well-being of people living in poverty.
  • Reducing barriers that prevent people from fully participating in their community.
  • Facilitating access to programs and services to improve the quality of life of all New Brunswickers.

“As a network formed to end generational poverty in Saint John, the principles and goals outlined in this strategy are in keeping with the priorities of our community and of Living SJ,” said Living SJ executive director Donna Gates. “We are encouraged by this strategy and we look forward to continuing our work in the region through partnering with the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation, the Government of New Brunswick and our partner organizations to build a brighter future, socially and economically.”

The report will complement the comprehensive New Brunswick Family Plan.

The New Brunswick Family Plan focuses government action in seven priority areas: improving access to primary and acute care; promoting wellness; supporting people with addictions and mental health challenges; fostering healthy aging and support for seniors; reducing poverty; supporting people with disabilities; and advancing women’s equality.