The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network (NPRN) is a group of residents, businesses and organizations.
NPRN’s vision is “All Niagara residents live above the poverty line.” This vision is supported by a mission that encourages “Niagara residents, businesses and organizations working together to improve the quality of life in Niagara.” Five values are entrenched in the work of the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network—Collaborative, Inclusive, Innovative, Integrity, and Accountable.
Our vision is that NPRN speaks with a community voice that incorporates the multiple voices of Niagara and prioritizes the voice of those currently experiencing poverty.
The work of NPRN takes place in Niagara and the 12 municipalities within this geographic boundary. All components of the community, including neighbourhoods and special interest groups, regardless of where they are in Niagara, are encouraged to participate in the work of NPRN.
The network evolved in 2011 out of a community-based committee that had an interest in guiding a pool of poverty-reduction grants provided by Niagara Region. Committee members identified the need for a network to tackle the issue of poverty reduction beyond grant-making because grants are finite but the depth and breadth of the issue of poverty is infinite. The network meets five times per year in September, November, January, March and May.
Community stakeholders observed that the number of people in Niagara experiencing poverty is growing and that traditional, one-dimensional solutions were no longer effective. Poverty is a complex problem with interlocking causes and effects. Solutions must also be interlocking, comprehensive and preventative. A network, representing all aspects of the community, was formed to begin the work on these solutions.
In 2016, NPRN established the following goals to direct its work. They are:
More residents, businesses and organizations know about poverty’s root causes
Objective: Education and Information
NPRN is the leading source of information on issues affecting poverty in Niagara
More residents, businesses and organizations are engaged in taking action to address root causes of poverty
Objective: Supporting Collaboration
Increase opportunities for collaboration to better address root causes of poverty
Objective: Advocacy Work
Influence decision makers to improve policy, program delivery and resource allocation to reduce poverty
2020 Meeting Minutes
2019 Meeting Minutes