Poverty Reduction Initiatives
Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Committee
In 2017, the Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Committee was established by the Central Okanagan Early Years Partnership with the goal of developing a regional poverty reduction strategy. The committee is comprised of representatives from multiple social services agencies, government, health and research. Initially supported by funding from Vancouver Foundation, the committee’s work on lived experience engagement and systems planning has set the stage for a community-driven, regional approach to addressing poverty.
What’s happening in our region to address poverty?
One of United Way’s strategic priorities is to focus on the root causes of poverty and the systemic issues that contribute to individuals and families living in poverty. Partnering with local service providers, the United Way is supporting poverty reduction efforts in the Central Okanagan as a key leader on the Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Committee.
The work of the committee has helped set the stage for community-led poverty reduction efforts in the region. In 2018, the committee gathered insights from families with lived and living experience of poverty, hosted a community workshop on systems planning and developed a work plan outlining the poverty reduction strategy process.
In response to the lack of regional and community-specific data around poverty, the committee pursued the development of a regional poverty analysis. With support from the Vancouver Foundation, United Way SIBC, the City of Kelowna and the District of Lake Country, the committee partnered with Urban Matters CCC to develop the Central Okanagan Community Wellness Analysis. The analysis provides data on key wellness and poverty indicators for the Central Okanagan and also provides a profile for each of the communities within the region.
February 12, 2020 - The Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Committee is excited to announce the release of the Central Okanagan Community Wellness Analysis. The Community Wellness Analysis is a project the committee undertook in early