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Health Equity - What Are Others Doing?

Many sectors and organizations within London and Middlesex and across the province are taking action to influence the social determinants of health so that there are better health outcomes for everyone. Here are a few examples of what is happening.

London’s Vital Signs Report, October 2016

“The time is NOW” is the 2016 report from the London Community Foundation. Through the lens of mental health, issues of housing, work, learning, health, leadership and belonging are examined as they relate to our community. The report challenges stigma and looks at system gaps.

Download the report (PDF)

The London Community Foundation produces a Vital Signs Report on a bi-annual basis that examines issues that are significant to well-being and quality of life. Reports from previous years are available from the London Community Foundation.

Poverty Over London

Check out this website, www.ifyouknew.ca, to hear stories from real Londoners about the impacts of poverty and what can make a difference to people’s lives. Assumptions about poverty are challenged and you can see how to be a part of changing the conversation and ending poverty in London.

Realizing Our Potential: Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (2014-2019)

Ontario launched a poverty reduction strategy in 2008 with a renewal plan that is developed every five years. The current plan has a focus on building on existing initiatives to break the poverty cycle for children and youth, moving towards more employment and income security, advancing a long-term goal to end homelessness, and using evidence-based social policy to achieve its goals.

View the full plan

Poverty Trends 2017

In this report by the Citizens for Public Justice, data about the breadth and depth of poverty in Canada is provided. The impacts of poverty continue to be felt across the country. With the poverty rate at 14.2%, London ranks 8th on the list of 20 big cities with the highest poverty rates.

Across Canada, some trends are:

  • Single-parent families are most often female-led (80%), and of these households, Indigenous women, racialized women, and women with disabilities have higher poverty rates.
  • Youth (15-24) and women are over-represented in precarious work, along with racialized people, Indigenous people, immigrants, people with disabilities, and older working-age adults.
  • The median income for people with disabilities is almost half of the median income of those without disabilities.

Recommendations are put forward supporting the development of a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.

View the full report

Date of creation: February 10, 2013
Last modified on: February 22, 2018


1Province of Ontario (2012). Breaking the Cycle, The Fourth Progress Report. Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy 2012 Annual Report.
2Mehra, N. (2012). Falling Behind Ontario’s Backslide into Widening Inequality, Growing Poverty and Cuts to Social Programs. A Report of the Ontario Common Front, Toronto.