Vibrant Community Roundtable

Poverty Working Group (PWG):

The PWG is unique in a sense that it not only includes many community volunteers but also has members of the community who have or who are currently living in poverty or are considered working poor. These members’ knowledge and expertise in knowing first-hand the effects of poverty allows our committee to have more of an inclusive and thorough understanding of the social issues at hand, enabling the group to make better decisions for the community at large.

In January 2014, the PWG held a community consultation in partnership with our Local MPP Jim McDonell. The Consultation was in regard to the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy.  With over 60 participants who came to the event, we had a lot of qualitative feedback from the group. For the report from the our event please click  here.

Recently, the PWG has finished a major two and a half year project in the Creation of a report on the Recommendations for a Poverty Reduction Strategy for the Cornwall and Area.  The link to the report can be found here:  Poverty Reduction Strategy October 7th 2015 .

In January 2015, Alex de Wit the Executive Director of the Social Development Council spoke to the Ontario Legislator Pre-Budget steering committee. A Transtcript of the presentation can found by clicking here.

Poverty Related Campaigns and Partners

Campaign 2000

Campaign 2000 is a cross-Canada public education movement to build Canadian awareness and support for the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Campaign 2000 began in 1991 out of concern about the lack of government progress in addressing child poverty. Campaign 2000 is non-partisan in urging all Canadian elected officials to keep their promise to Canada’s children.

The latest report from Campaign2000.


Put Food in the Budget (PFIB)

The SDC is a proud supporter of the Put Food in the Budget. This campaign is working towards an immediate Healthy Food Supplement for all those on social assistance. Put Food in the Budget is demanding a $100 Healthy Food Supplement as an immediate remedy until a meaningful change occurs for those living on social assistance. The campaign is sponsored by the Social Planning Network of Ontario.

Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC)

The SDC was encouraged to convene a social audit in the Cornwall area to allow people who live in poverty to come forward to tell us their stories and to give us their ideas for change at the political level.

Energy Poverty

Project W.A.R.M.T.H

The SDC’s Project W.A.R.M.T.H main objective is to establish energy assistance alternatives for low-income consumers. Sadly, too many people who live in poverty must face the terrifying choice of paying rent, buying groceries, or paying the utilities.

Our partners and supporters of Project W.A.R.M.T.H


In order to provide access to adequate, affordable energy as a basic necessity, the SDC is a Steering Committee member with the Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) a non-profit network that “works to address the energy needs of Ontario’s low-income households”.

Click here to find out more about energy poverty and LIEN!