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Poverty Elimination
Action Team

Working towards a world without poverty

The Poverty Elimination Action Team aims to improve the well-being of all people living in Newfoundland and Labrador. We meet at 7 pm NT on the last Thursday of each month to discuss different topics impacting people in poverty.


Call For Equitable Pandemic Response


2SLGBTQ+ Neighbouring Pod

This group was created by Trans, Two spirit and Queer people to help out during the pandemic and beyond. We will share and connect people to resources, bring people essentials and host online workshops and social events. We have fundraised a small Community Aid Fund for folks needing essentials hampers, so please reach out if you're looking for support. Love and solidarity!

If you'd like to support the Community Aid Fund you can do so, here: donorbox.org/caf2020

Please read the rules and contact our email if you need help or have questions: 2slgbtqaidnl@gmail.com

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Basic Income

Basic income is an opportunity to rebalance our province’s social and economic models, which leave thousands of people behind. Nobody in Newfoundland and Labrador should be forced to choose between vital medical care, heating their home, or having enough food to eat. There are many complex issues that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians face, and a basic income is not a solution for all of them - but largely eliminating poverty in this province would certainly be a good start. That is what a basic income would do.

 Read the recently launched policy paper on Basic Income by Basic Income NL. Learn more. Share your story. Become a signatory. 

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Coalition Canada Basic Income

Coalition Canada Basic Income is a cross-country alliance of basic income advocacy groups and networks.
We are advancing the development of a national movement for basic income in Canada, building alliances and collaborating with advocacy groups, networks and individuals supporting a just recovery in Canada from the COVID-19 pandemic.

$15 and Fairness NL

Do you support the motion to raise the minimum wage to a living wage for all workers in our province?
If so, please join $15 and Fairness NL +  and urge the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to legislate a $15 per hour minimum wage.
We believe that a $15 minimum wage would be a good first step in improving health outcomes in this province.
It is abundantly clear that there is a direct relationship between income, food insecurity, and health. Income is the leading social determinant of health and, as such, a living wage would provide significant health benefits to the 48,900 workers in Newfoundland and Labrador who earn $15 and hour or less.


News & Views


The Cost of Poverty in the Atlantic Provinces

April 7, 2021

This report provides the total cost of poverty for each of the Atlantic provinces with a focus on opportunity costs, remedial costs and the intergenerational costs of poverty, illustrating the shared provincial economic burden of poverty.

The Stink of Poverty

July 7, 2020

A beautiful and moving short story by our Co-Chair, Mark Nichols. Thank you for sharing this heart-wrenching yet powerful piece on poverty.

NL CERB Clawbacks Push People into Poverty: Advocates

July 3, 2020

In Newfoundland and Labrador, social assistance = $11,800/year. This is a poverty wage. If CERB is good enough for Canadians, it should be good enough for those on social assistance as well.

Past Events

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Is Our Healthcare on the Chopping Block?

The Poverty Elimination Action Team organized an online chat about Health Accord NL on March 25, 2021. The Health Accord presents us with an opportunity to provide the provincial government feedback on our medical and health care systems. We talked about ways to engage and discussed the contracting of a private company (Change Healthcare), by our provincial government, to reduce our health care costs. We brought together participants to discuss through concerns about this approach, and ways to challenge austerity.