Capacity Building and Leadership Development
Policy research to support issues impacting people living in poverty, including employment, housing, financial services, and access to the Internet; and designing and producing materials for the ACORN National Leadership Summit.
Canada Learning Bond Uptake
Conducting outreach and connecting low-income families nationwide with the Canada Learning Bond.
Digital Economy research around improving the health outcomes for low income earners in Canada related to telecommunications policy architecture.
Engaging community members in Halifax, Dartmouth, and Spryfield in leadership development workshops around housing as a social determinant of health.
Connecting to Benefits
Pilot project to connect low- and moderate-income families in Nova Scotia with unrealized benefits, specifically the Canada Learning Bond.
Ongoing leadership development in low-income neighbourhoods in Toronto and Ottawa, based on “train the trainer” style skill building, around community-identified issues.
Development of a Newcomer Parent Action Group to develop solutions for affordable and accessible childcare.
Digital Literacy Training
Pilot project training low-income parents digital literacy skills, through six workshops in low-income neighbourhoods in Ottawa.
Civic Participation Workshops
Connecting low-income families in the Hamilton Centre tenant community to locally-geared civics workshops.
EI Working Group
Building a city wide working group to leverage the capacity of workers denied or vulnerable to needing EI to engage in the policy debate around improving federal EI policy.
Financial Benefits Centres
– Developing Financial Benefits Centres and establishing a free clinic helping people with disabilities prepare their taxes and connect with other benefits and economic opportunities.
– Developing a tax filing service for middle and upper income families, creating a concrete and sustainable revenue stream to recover costs and fund the Financial Benefits Centres for low-income families.