Opportunities Waterloo Region
Mobilizing solutions to poverty
Opportunities Waterloo Region initiates and develops community-owned solutions for people in poverty, providing them with opportunities to prosper and reach their fullest potential.
Facts About Poverty in Waterloo Region
Almost one third of the employed population are earning less than a living wage ($14.00 per hour an under) 3,015 people are on the community housing waiting list and wait up to 6 years Just less than 50% of the population earns below $25,000 per year 15,210 adults and children received Ontario Works (social assistance) 2,797 people used an emergency shelter In one month (March, 2010): 6,148 households representing 14,575 people received emergency food assistance and 42,497 meals were served.
Approximately 50,000 people live in the deepest poverty. Fortunately, Waterloo Region has abundant resources to actually overcome poverty! What we need is a consolidated effort — a community action plan resulting in sustainable prosperity for all. We’re already known as leaders. By working together (business, government, social profits, and people), we can significantly prevent, reduce — maybe become Canada’s FIRST community without poverty!