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Canada's Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos speaks in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Dec. 9, 2015. (CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS)
Canada's Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos speaks in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Dec. 9, 2015. (CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS)

Six cities chosen as test sites for national anti-poverty strategy Add to ...

The federal government will go to six cities in the coming months to test ideas that could end up in a promised national poverty reduction strategy.

Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos made the announcement Friday in the first city on the list: Saint John, N.B.

The project will see federal officials run case studies in Saint John, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Toronto, Winnipeg, Yellowknife and Tisdale, Sask., which was chosen so federal officials would have a rural community to test ideas.

The goal is to get a better idea of what works and what doesn’t as the government crafts a national poverty reduction strategy that is expected to take into account work already being done in cities, provinces and territories.

A first step in that work will be finalizing a national housing strategy. That strategy is scheduled to be released in late November.

A local MP for Saint John, Wayne Long, first proposed making the city a test site for anti-poverty initiatives, outlining his case in a letter to Duclos’ chief of staff in February.

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