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N.B. residents can join fight to reduce poverty

By Regis Phillips Jan 29, 2024 | 6:34 AM

The Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation (ESIC) is hosting public engagement events so New Brunswickers can help develop the province’s next economic and social inclusion plan.

The Crown corporation coordinates and supports the implementation of the Overcoming Poverty Together plan. Its board of directors consists of members representing government, business, non-profit groups and people who have experienced poverty.

Jean Allain, co-chair of ESIC, said the corporation has developed a comprehensive public engagement process that includes an online questionnaire, and in-person community and sectorial dialogues across the province.

“The success of this initiative requires participation from everyone: the community non-profit organizations, businesses, citizens and governments,” said Allain.

The province’s 12 community inclusion networks are partnering with the corporation to hold community conversations on ways to reduce poverty and promote economic and social inclusion.

A document called Looking Back to Move Forward has more than 10 years of background information that will help participants prepare for the public engagement activities.

Social Development Minister Jill Green, who is also co-chair of the corporation’s board of directors, believes collaboration plays a vital role in making New Brunswick a better place for everyone.

“It is also important when working to overcome poverty. The upcoming public engagement sessions are an excellent opportunity for non-profits, businesses, government and citizens to have their voices heard,” said Green.

More information is available by clicking here.

The Economic and Social Inclusion Act says the corporation must renew the plan every five years through a public engagement process. The current plan expires at the end of 2024.

Once the consultations are complete, the ideas collected will be analyzed by subject matter experts. Taking into consideration those opinions, the corporation will then create a list of priority actions that will shape the new plan.