Comité consultatif de lutte contre la pauvretré et l'exclusion sociale

With less poverty, all of us stand to gain immeasurably.

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Comité consultatif

Background

The Comité consultatif de lutte contre la pauvreté et l’exclusion sociale is the outcome of a grassroots movement to have a piece of legislation specifically targeting poverty and social exclusion. The core idea behind the formation of the committee was to bring together the representatives of organizations dedicated to the cause and the people affected firsthand by the problem. By joining forces, they could influence government decisions and the action of social groups engaged in the battle against poverty and social exclusion.

The process proved productive. In December 2002, the Act to combat poverty and social exclusion was passed into law. It provided for the creation of an advisory committee composed of 15 voting members and two non-voting members. One third of the former had to be from anti-poverty organizations and include three people directly affected by poverty. The ten other members had to represent the various segments of Québec society. The non-voting members were Québec civil servants. In other words, the composition of the advisory committee had to reflect Québec’s social, demographic and territorial profile as much as possible.

The Government of Québec therefore gave the Comité consultatif:

In the fall of 2005, the provisions of the Act dealing with the committee were enacted by government order in council.

A few months later (March 2006), the members of the Comité consultatif were named and began their terms of office.

In January 2007, the Comité consultatif released a document outlining its planning, aims and objectives for 2006 to 2009. Entitled With less poverty, all of us stand to gain immeasurably (PDF file., 2.21 MB), the document presents the committee’s vision of its mission, values, and understanding of the context and issues surrounding the fight against poverty and social exclusion, and its strategic thrusts, aims and objectives.

The entire process is indicative of the will of the government and anti-poverty groups to work together to improve the economic circumstances of individuals and families in situations of poverty.

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