As we mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, it’s time to think about what a plan that would end poverty in Canada would look like. 4 years ago anti-poverty activists launched ChewOnThis!, a campaign for a federal anti-poverty plan. The campaign is based on the fact that without federal government action, it is not possible to eliminate poverty.

Even though Canada is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, 4.8 million Canadians live in poverty. Each month, 860,000 people have to rely on food banks to get enough to eat. At the same time, the share of wealth held by the richest Canadians continues to grow.

“When it is acceptable for 2 families to have as much wealth as the poorest 11 million Canadians, poverty will be at an unacceptable level,” said Larry Brown, President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).