City of Prince George Details Approach to Poverty with Federal Committee
Prince George, B.C. – Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall and manager of social development Chris Bone outlined the city’s approach to tackling poverty in a video presentation Tuesday.
They made their presentation to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) – a federal committee vice-chaired by Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer.
“The City of Prince George has taken the unique approach of looking for ways to eliminate poverty rather than simply sustaining it,” says Zimmer. “I appreciate the aggressive approach that they have taken regarding seniors housing and the success that they’ve had in that area.”
He says he invited Prince George to share its experiences because the city has requested that it be selected to participate in the federal government’s Tackling Poverty Together Program.
“And I fully support this as Prince George represents many communities who have struggled with getting out of poverty.”
The HUMA Committee studies and reports to the House of Commons on a wide range of matters including income security programs, the Canadian Labour Code, post-secondary education and training and skills development in remote rural communities.