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Last April Community Cares Youth Outreach (CCYO) in Sydney Mines hosted group of researchers leading a national project with the goal to end poverty. Now the results of the two-days of discussions will be part of larger conversation at a national virtual summit Mobilize 2030: Community Led Action for Ending Poverty. 

The summit is taking place Monday, February 26 and a participant from CCYO’s membership will be participating in a panel discussion during the summit. CCYO is going to host a live stream of the event.

“One of the small group”

“We were one of the small group of communities across the country that hosted first voice conversations to inform this national poverty report,” said Dorothy Halliday, Executive Director of CCYO.  “One of our participants will participate on the national panel,” she proudly added. 

Localizing Canada’s Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goal’s Project is a joint lead national research project of Campaign 2000, Citizens for Public Justice and Canada Without Poverty. During an 11-month tour that ended last year, the team engaged 17 communities impacted by poverty and systemic marginalization and 227 people across Canada to develop a community-driven indicator framework and action plan to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

In 2015 the United Nations Member States adopted 17 ambitious goals as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a guide to achieve a better and more sustainable future for the world’s inhabitants. The goals address our shared global challenges and are interconnected to ensure a just transition that leaves no one behind. The UN has stated that it is important that we achieve each goal and target by 2030.


Each SDG is comprised of a set of sub-targets as well as a set of indicators, known as the global indicator framework, with which progress is assessed. 


Annual refinements of indicators are included in the indicator framework as they occur. 

The global indicator framework includes 231 unique indicators. 



During the April sessions at CCYO, the Social Action team of the Project participated in a tour of the local community. They learned about a rural town affected by the collapse of mining and fishing industries in the ‘70s which resulted in an economic downturn still felt by residents now struggling with a rising cost of living.

The team also took part in an important community conversation with youth who were predominantly young mothers experiencing poverty and who had experience with the child welfare system.

Social Action team of the Project and the CCYO staff and participants at CCYO in Sydney Mines.


CCYO organized a community roundtable that brought together youth living in poverty, local community organizations, volunteers, charities, elected officials and funders to create new networks and share ways to actualize their vision of a poverty-free community. And in line with Cape Breton tradition, the event included a community cafe with local musicians.

During the two-day visit, the team listened and asked questions. Now some of the lived experiences, perspectives and ideas of the people of Sydney Mines will be part of the larger national discussion that takes place at the summit.

Mobilize 2030: Community Led Action for Ending Poverty

The summit is the official launch of a National Community-Driven Indicator Framework for the Sustainable Development Goals, the first of which is No Poverty. It marks the end of the SDGs project and beginning of renewed community-led mobilization to end poverty in Canada.

The summit will bring together individuals dedicated to ending poverty from across various sectors and communities who will share learnings from the project, build and strengthen partnerships and advocate for the implementation of a community-based indicator framework and action plan for the SDGs.

“Achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is grounded in a human rights framework, requires urgency and political will from all levels of government,” said Leila Sarangi, National Director of Campaign 2000, in September 2023 when the group called on the federal government to do more to end poverty. “Canada is moving in the wrong direction; any progress we’ve had in the past is being undone…We are a wealthy nation, we have the means, we now need the political will,” continued Sarangi in her ask of the government.

Localizing Canada’s Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goal’s Project Results

According to the results from Localizing Canada’s Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goal’s, during Covid Canada made gains in poverty reduction so much so that in 2020 poverty reduction targets were achieved a decade early. Unfortunately, now that the benefits offered are no longer available, the data is showing poverty rates climbing back up.

Participants across the country shared how low wages, precarious work and stagnant government assistance rates, which were dramatically insufficient prior to the pandemic, do not allow them to cover the costs of basic needs today, including food, rent, medications, energy and transportation, which in turn leads to worse health, education and social outcomes for these families.

Highest single-year child poverty increase since 1989

In this province the numbers on poverty aren’t encouraging.

The 2023 child poverty report card from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives records a rate increase in Nova Scotia in 2021 from 18.4% to 20.5% - an 11.4% increase and the highest single-year increase since 1989 – the year the federal government promised to eradicate child poverty by the year 2000.

A poverty rate of 20.5% represents 35,330 children, according to the Centre. 

Nova Scotia has the highest child poverty rate in Atlantic Canada and the fourth-highest in Canada. 

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