The Canadian Poverty Institute
Who We Are
The Canadian Poverty Institute is an interdisciplinary Institute housed within Ambrose University that seeks to overcome poverty through research and teaching. Established in 2014, it is the only national academic institute dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada.
Why a Poverty Institute?
Poverty affects millions of Canadians. Income inequality is growing and recent estimates indicate over 14% of Canadians suffer from low income. Child poverty rates are not declining and food insecurity is an issue for too many. It is estimated that over 150,000 Canadians are homeless on any given day. Government interventions have largely proved ineffective in reducing poverty. The Canadian Poverty Institute exists to seek solutions to these pressing issues.
What We Do
The Canadian Poverty Institute conducts research and teaching to inform public policy and promote effective practices that will prevent and eradicate poverty in Canada.
· Research: Faculty and students conduct independent and contracted research on the causes, impacts and solutions to poverty.
· Teaching: Through the Canadian Poverty Institute, students at Ambrose University have the opportunity to pursue a Minor in Poverty Studies as part of their curriculum in the Behavioural Science, Business and Biblical / Theological Studies programs.
· Public Education: The Canadian Poverty Institute seeks to educate the public, non-profit organizations, faith communities and governments about the causes, impacts and promising solutions to poverty.
The Canadian Poverty Institute is grounded in the Christian tradition of extending compassion while seeking justice and reconciliation for the marginalized and oppressed. The Canadian Poverty Institute understands poverty to be multi-dimensional, involving material, social and spiritual poverty. Through reconciliation and the restoration of trust relationships, community and individual resilience is enhanced allowing the gifts of all people to be realized for the betterment of society.
The Canadian Poverty Institute resides with Ambrose University, an independent university affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and the Church of the Nazarene denominations. Ambrose University provides an ecumenical faith-inspired learning environment which is home to a diverse community of learners from many confessional backgrounds admitted from all walks of life.
The Canadian Poverty Institute is a member of Vibrant Communities, a pan-Canadian network of leaders and practitioners engaged in poverty reduction. The Canadian Poverty Institute is also a member of the Metro Alliance for the Common Good, a coalition of faith, labour and civic organizations dedicated to pursuing the common good in Calgary.
Engage with Us
Are you interested in supporting the work of the Canadian Poverty Institute?
· Follow Us – The Canadian Poverty Institute welcomes those who wish to stay informed about poverty and the work of the Institute.
· Invite Us – The Canadian Poverty Institute is available to meet with and speak to interested organizations and congregations about poverty and how they can become involved in the effort to end it.
· Learn With Us – The Canadian Poverty Institute welcomes applications from students interested in pursuing poverty studies through the Institute.
· Donate to Us – The Canadian Poverty Institute welcomes donations from those who wish to support the work of the Institute financially.
The Canadian Poverty Institute
150 Ambrose Circle NW
Canada, T3H 0L5