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What do we mean by Poverty?

Poverty can come in many shares and forms. While many think of poverty as an economic issue, such as lack of financial resources, it is also impacted by a variety of political, personal, social and cultural factors. Various forms of poverty are often referred to including:

  • Absolute Poverty
  • Situational Poverty
  • Generational Poverty
  • Relative Poverty

To fully understand poverty, we all must consider the opportunities we have had in our own lives.  Not everyone has the same opportunities to succeed – there can be many roadblocks people face in their day to day lives. Literacy levels, income and employment, housing, education, access to healthy foods, transportation, mental health and many other factors may contribute to poverty and ultimately to the health of people in our community. Some demographics are also more likely to experience poverty, such as single parents, newcomers to Canada and aboriginal peoples.


Grey Bruce Poverty Issues

  • INCOME - In 2005, the median income for families in Grey Bruce was well below the provincial average of $69,156. Female led lone parent families in the two Counties were at the lowest levels (Grey $30,605, Bruce $33,206).
  • HOMELESSNESS - The number of people who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and accessed the YMCA Housing Support Program, has increased substantially since 2006.
  • EDUCATION - In 2006, 28% of adults in Grey Bruce did not complete high school, which is well above the Ontario average of 22%.
  • ALCOHOL MISUSE - A study completed in Grey Bruce in 2004/05 found that the rate of fetal alcohol exposure was estimated to be a minimum of 2.5% compared to an estimated 1.0% nationally.


Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy - Summary PDF Document

Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy Report PDF Document

Addressing Poverty In Grey Bruce PDF Document

A Report Card on Women & Poverty in Huron, Perth, Grey & Bruce PDF Document

Counting Women In - A Toolkit for Rural Action on Poverty PDF Document

A Profile of Child Youth and Family Health in Grey and Bruce Counties - Summary Report PDF Document

A Profile of Child, Youth and Family Health in Grey Bruce - Technical Report April 2010 PDF Document

Measuring and Planning for Child and Youth Health Planning Report PDF Document

Tamarack - Poverty Reduction Strategies PDF Document


Local Resources

Education and Employment:

GED Test (Grade 12 Equivalency Diploma)  http://www.bwdsb.on.ca/CONED/ged

Georgian College: http://www.georgiancollege.ca/

YMCA Employment Programs: http://www.ymcaowensound.on.ca/Employment-Education-Training/?pageid=23



Healthy Housing & Health Hazards

Grey Bruce Habitat for Humanity: http://www.habitatgreybruce.ca

Grey County: Housing programs include subsidized housing, the affordable housing program and the housing allowance program.  http://www.grey.ca/health-social-services/subsidized-housing/

Bruce County: Affordable housing program and social housing programs are available:




Affordable Food

Community Nutrition Programs


Local Food Banks

Find a local food bank

Owen Sound http://www.salvationarmyowensound.ca/owen-sound.html

Port Elgin http://www.salvationarmyowensound.ca/port-elgin-store.html


Money Problems

Dental Program: Children in Need of Treatment

Sexual Health Clinics: Low cost birth control


Help with Parenting

Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Home Visiting Program


Other related issues

Alcohol & Drug problems: Where to get help

Family Violence: Where to get help


Related links

Make Poverty History:  http://www.makepovertyhistory.ca/learn/issues/end-poverty-in-canada

Violence Prevention Grey Bruce


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