Poverty Reduction Strategy

Lived Experience Advisory Group - LEAG

Twenty Torontonians will use their firsthand experience with the conditions and impacts of living with poverty to inform the development, implementation, and monitoring of the City's Poverty Reduction Strategy.

More than 350 residents applied to be part of the Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG). The selected members come from communities across the city and have diverse experiences with poverty. They represent the population groups most affected by poverty as well as people currently living in poverty and people who have overcome it.

"The LEAG is important in order to share our narratives about our lived experience, successes, failures and insight into how the three levels of government work or don't work for citizens trying to make it back from the very margins of society," said Heather Shand, a LEAG member. "Together we will form a strong voice, build bridges within city hall, form new working relationships and most importantly, inform policy with our vast, incredible and inspiring stories."