Poverty Elimination Act

An Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.


Tony Martin  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of June 16, 2010
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

Part 1 of this enactment provides for the establishment of a Government of Canada strategy to eliminate poverty and promote social inclusion.

Part 2 of the enactment establishes the Office of the Poverty Elimination Commissioner independent of Government.


All sorts of information on this bill is available at LEGISinfo, provided by the Library of Parliament. You can also read the full text of the bill.

Poverty Elimination ActRoutine Proceedings

June 16th, 2010 / 3:20 p.m.
See context


Tony Martin NDP Sault Ste. Marie, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-545, An Act to Eliminate Poverty in Canada.

Mr. Speaker, I have been supported in this work by the members for Dartmouth—Cole Harbour and Chambly—Borduas as seconders, and also the members for Toronto—Danforth, Vancouver East, Winnipeg Centre and Halifax.

The purpose of this bill is to impose on the federal government the obligation to eliminate poverty and promote social inclusion by establishing and implementing a strategy for poverty elimination in consultation with the provincial, territorial, municipal and aboriginal governments and with civil society organizations.

This bill is an opportunity for real nation building where no one gets left behind, to build healthy communities and strong economies by taking advantage of the momentum created by the work being done at the human resources and social development standing committee and by the Dignity for All campaign.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)