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A glimpse into Canada's first-ever federal poverty reduction strategy

Last Updated Jul 10, 2018 at 2:44 pm EDT

Residence of a homeless camp are shown in Victoria on Monday, January 11, 2016. Police in Victoria say they won't immediately enforce a Thursday deadline aimed at clearing residents from a tent encampment in the city's downtown core. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito.

Newly released documents suggest the federal Liberal government plans to sell its forthcoming poverty reduction strategy as an all-encompassing exercise that will be greater than the sum of its parts.

The effort to craft a storyline to market the plan to Canadians has been going on for almost a year.

Top officials from multiple departments met last November to brainstorm how best to include various government spending programs under the banner of Canada’s first-ever federal poverty reduction strategy, being overseen by Employment and Social Development Canada.

A briefing note, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, says the public strategy will make reference to all existing federal programs that make a contribution to reducing poverty.

Stakeholders are growing weary the final plan may offer little in the way of new money or bold policy.

A spokesman for Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says the government has already taken steps to reduce poverty and increase opportunity in Canada and plans to release the strategy “very soon.”