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Fighting Poverty: Has Quebec's Strategy Been Successful?

In 2002, the National Assembly of Quebec passed the Act to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion, enshrining into law a commitment to “make Québec, by 2013, one of the industrialized nations having the least number of persons living in poverty.” In the years since, other jurisdictions have also committed to reducing poverty within their borders, but few have done so as ambitiously as Quebec. In this webinar, Charles Plante, Hicham Raïq and Axel van den Berg will examine nearly four decades of Canadian data and two decades of international data on household composition, labour market participation and poverty outcomes to determine whether Quebec has been successful - and to what extent - in bringing poverty levels in line with the least poor nations on earth, compared to Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and main industrialized countries. Implications for the successful implementation of a poverty reduction strategy flowing from Quebec’s experience will also be discussed.

Charles Plante is a Ph.D. candidate and lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan, Axel Van den Berg is Professor n the Department of Sociology at McGill University, and Hicham Raïq is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Montreal. They co-authored Combating Poverty: Quebec's Pursuit of a Distinctive Welfare State (University of Toronto Press, 2017), with Christine Proulx, and Sam Faustmann.


The slides are available here.

The Research Highlight is available here.

19 June, 2018
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