• Home
  • Contact Us

Plans for Action as a Community

Youth Employment Strategy

Our vision is to empower youth with the skills and opportunities they need to build careers that create a better future for themselves and their communities.

The youth unemployment rate (the proportion of the youth labour force that does not have a job but is actively seeking work) runs at 3 to 4 times the rate for older job seekers.

The action initiatives in this plan aim to do something about that!

Youth Employment Strategy Report (2016)

2014 Report: Making Progress Together: A Framework for Working Groups

Poverty_Reduction_Report_CoverIn September 2010, a report to Kingston’s City Council suggested a coordinated community strategy be used to reduce poverty. The following year, a series of community engagements were held to develop goals and objectives.

Five working groups then began efforts to address major causes of poverty and respond to the need for more affordable housing, social services and community supports, access to skills development and employment, community supports for education, and health supports.

A comprehensive report on the accomplishments of the working groups was published in 2013. This report highlights selected initiatives and progress over the past year.

Download the 2014 Report: Plans for Action as a Community

Download the Peer Support Listing

2013 Report: Plans for Action as a Community

In September 2010, the City adopted recommendations for a coordinated, community-based strategy to reduce poverty, an initiative funded and supported by the City and United Way.

Leadership was provided through a Poverty Reduction Initiative Steering Committee composed of representatives from the City of Kingston, the United Way serving KFL&A and the Kingston Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction.

In the first year, the Project Steering Committee consulted widely with the community and ensured that the voices of people who experience poverty were heard. Steps included a public survey to gather information about poverty in Kingston, community consultations, conversations and focus groups, and research on leading practices and learnings both from the past and from other communities in North America. A public workshop was facilitated to develop goals and objectives for the strategic plan.

Download the 2013 Report Plans for Action as a Community


This is an image of the Poverty Reduction Newsletter

The City of Kingston, United Way and Kingston Community Health Centres are pleased to share that we are working closely with community stakeholders, facilitating the development of action plans for poverty reduction in Kingston. This coordinated strategy will improve quality of life while reducing the impacts of poverty by focusing on the following areas:

  • Housing
  • Skills Development & Employment
  • Community Supports for Education
  • Social Services & Community Supports
  • Health

Download the Poverty Reduction Plan Newsletter – Issue 1

Community Plan on Poverty Reduction

For further information regarding the Poverty Reduction Plan, please contact:

Bhavana Varma, 613-542-2674 ext. 2, bvarma@unitedwaykfla.ca
Lanie Hurdle, 613-546-4291, ext 1231, lhurdle@cityofkingston.ca
Hersh Sehdev, 613-542-2949, ext 1145 hershs@kchc.ca

For more information please visit www.wecanreducepoverty.ca or contact us at 613-542-2674 or uway@unitedwaykfla.ca

The Impact of Your Donations, Straight to Your Inbox!

Be among the first to know about upcoming events, initiatives and more. Subscription is free, and you can opt out at any time.

Sign up for our “Way To Go!” newsletter