The Strategy outlined the Government of Canada's plan to strengthen poverty measurement, identify gaps and gather data to guide its journey to 2030.
It is clear, then, that despite misconceptions of poverty and/or homelessness as individualized failures, the massive scale at which 1 in 7 Canadians experience financial insecurity signifies that poverty is a structural, systemic problem that requires structural and systemic solutions.
Furthermore, two factors account for increasing poverty in Canada: 1) the eroding employment opportunities for large segments of the workforce, and 2) the declining value and availability of government assistance in times of crisis.
Public opinions and government policy regarding the nature and causes of poverty tend to oscillate between two positions.
Firstly, poverty is often seen as a shortcoming of individuals who will not (or cannot) do what is required to maintain a reasonable life. Measures to provide extra supports to people experiencing poverty are believed to encourage a lack of initiative and make the problem worse.